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Kent Fire and Rescue honours staff and public at awards ceremony

Kent Fire and Rescue Service honours staff and public at awards ceremony

22 September 2015

The outstanding actions of members of the public and Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) staff are to be recognised at a special awards ceremony on Tuesday, 29 September at Oakwood House in Maidstone.

KFRS Chief Executive (CE), Ann Millington, alongside Her Majesty’s Lord Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Kent, Richard Oldfield Esq DL and the Chairman of the Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority (KMFRA), Nick Chard, will be presenting the awards to mark the exemplary contribution people have made.

CE Ann Millington said: "This special event reminds us all of the dedication and courage that is part of the everyday life of our Service. The awards ceremony gives us the chance to celebrate outstanding examples of bravery and quick thinking that has helped save lives and property. It also recognises the commitment of our staff and members of the public.

"I am incredibly proud not only of the achievements of everyone receiving awards but also the hard work and contribution by all KFRS staff. They work tirelessly and take great pride in helping keep the county a safe place to live and work."

Awards being presented include:

Kent Medal
The recipient of this prestigious medal will be announced on the day and is being presented to someone who has made a huge contribution to the Service over many years.

Certificate of Commendation including:

  • A Gillingham teenager who phoned 999 and then went into a burning building to warn the occupants to evacuate

  • Six members of the public who helped save a woman’s life during a house fire in Broadstairs

  • Two Strood firefighters who rescued a bed-bound woman and her daughter trapped by fire in their Rochester home

  • A Station Manager for his life saving work as a co-responder with South East Coast Ambulance Service

  • A Station Manager for managing two major incidents in Maidstone town centre and on Medway City Estate back to back

  • A Station Manager and firefighter for their actions at a serious road crash on the A28 (Sarre)

  • A Control Room Operator for his vital fire survival guidance to a man trapped in his Strood flat by fire

Certificates of Congratulation including:

  • A Station Manager and Sheppey firefighters following a mud rescue incident in Queenborough, Isle of Sheppey

  • A Station Manager for his outstanding achievement attaining the highest UK result in the Institute of Fire Engineers Level 4 Certificate Exam

  • A Faversham Crew Manager for his services to the Firefighters Charity

  • A Canterbury woman for her fundraising efforts for the Firefighters Charity

Long Service and Good Conduct Medals will also be presented to 13 firefighters from around the county.

Note to editors:

  • Journalists and photographers are welcome to attend the ceremony at Oakwood House, Maidstone on Tuesday 29 September. Please ensure you arrive by 1.45pm as the ceremony starts promptly at 2pm

  • Please confirm your attendance with the KFRS Press Office on 01622 212425

  • Photos from the Awards Ceremony will be available from midday on Wednesday, 30 September on Flickr.com/photos/KFRS in an album called Awards 2015    

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