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Fire service awarded for being ‘good for people’

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

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STAFFORDSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service has received a top accolade for its commitment to boosting the health and wellbeing of its staff.

The service’s director of people Judith Doran was presented with the Staffordshire Workplace Health Framework’s Gold Standard.

The ‘Good for People – Good for Business’ event, hosted by Staffordshire County Council, attracted delegates from public bodies, private sector companies and voluntary organisations.

It highlighted the work being done to drive down sickness absence and improve staff satisfaction by boosting health and wellbeing. The fire service was praised for its dedication to supporting employees and encouraging them to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Ms Doran said: “We believe our employees are the strongest asset we have at the fire service which is why we work hard to offer them support, advice and encouragement to achieve their aims both while they are on duty and in their own time.

“A happy and healthy workforce is the key to success for any – and every – organisation and creating an atmosphere that is positive, boosts morale and drives absences down is vital.

“Nowhere is this more essential than in the emergency services where having a full, strong and motivated team can literally save lives. We are delighted our hard work has been recognised on a county wide stage and we are looking forward to building on this.”

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