Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


ECFRS celebrates its people in annual awards event

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has recognised its employees during its annual ‘Celebrating Our People Awards’.

You can watch the event video here: 

Over 100 colleagues attended the event at The Lion House, Boreham, on Monday 18 November, which was led by BBC Essex hosts Steve Scruton and Ian Wyatt and presented by Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive and members of the Service Leadership Team.

Prior to the night ten colleagues together judged more than 100 nominations, resulting in 24 shortlisted individuals and teams for the event's seven awards.

In addition to the awards, two employees were honoured with a Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive Commendation after their bravery and actions during a recent incident.

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive, said:

“This year, we received a record 110 entries.

“To see our people recognise the passion and commitment of their colleagues, both within their own teams and throughout the wider service, is a real testament to our Service pride and One Team culture.

“While the evening is about celebrating our people who went ‘above and beyond’, inspired others or developed new ways of working, it is also important to recognise the work all of our colleagues do every day to keep our communities safe.

“As an organisation, we have been through some major changes in the last few years, but one has remained constant; the passion and professionalism that our staff and volunteers display - I want to thank each and every one of them for everything they do to make Essex a safe place to live, work and travel.“

The full list of winners were:

Unsung Hero
Todd Parrott, Home Fire Safety Team and On-call Firefighter

Inspirational Leader
Emily Cheyne, Corporate Communications and Marketing Team

Excellence in Innovation
Kieron Moir, Community Safety Team

Outstanding Contribution to the Service
Deborah Gordon, Performance and Data Team

Volunteer of the Year
Mick Rogers, Colchester Fire Station, Green Watch

Team of the Year
Road Traffic Collision Extrication Team

Employee of the Year
Kerry Peterson, Learning and Development Team

A special thank you to our sponsor, Bristol Uniforms, for helping to make the event possible. 

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