Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Les nominated for prestigious award

Community Builder Les Nicoll has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award that recognises public servants who make their communities a safer place to live.

Les, who has worked for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service for over 47 years, is in the final of The Guardian’s ‘Public Servant of the Year’ awards.

He has been recognised for his hard work and determination in promoting support and safety for vulnerable people and forging links with other local services across Essex.

Les has been inspirational in working with vulnerable people in the Tendring area, in particular Jaywick.

He has built up strong relationships with people within Jaywick’s community and was instrumental in getting free smoke alarms installed in over 300 homes.

Donna Finch, Community Development and Safeguarding Manager, nominated Les for the award.

She said: “Les works tirelessly not only within his role as a Community Builder but on a voluntary basis during the evenings and weekends.  

“Les is committed to providing support to those members of our communities that are less fortunate.   

“He has initiated projects such as the Winter Warmers project, which gives hundreds of vulnerable people access to clothes and other daily necessities.

“Les has also supported Harwich and District Community Food Bank, set up the outstanding Walk and Talk scheme, helping people feel less isolated within their communities, and has has raised money for a multitude of charitable causes.

“These are just a few examples of how Les goes above and beyond for local communities.

“Les truly deserves to be crowned Public Servant of the Year and I am urging everyone who knows him to take a few minutes of their time to cast their vote.”

Your vote must be submitted before September 30. The winner will be announced in November.

To make your vote, click here.

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