STAR Awards 2017

STAR awards winners

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service ninth STAR (Success, Talent, Achievement and Recognition) award ceremony was held at Mere Golf & Country Club on October 17, sponsored by construction company ISG.

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Paul Hancock, said: "The tireless work and commitment our STAR Award winners have shown have provided to fulfil the safety of our communities, firefighters and colleagues, and for that I wholeheartedly thank them.”

The STAR awards were launched in 2009 as a direct response to feedback given in the Service’s first Staff Satisfaction Survey and are the opportunity to reward and congratulate those members of the organisation who have performed acts above and beyond the call of duty. The Awards are designed to recognise the fantastic work that employees of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service do on a daily basis.  Shortlisted nominees were selected from entries submitted by staff across the Services which were judged by a panel of senior officers and staff.

Our STAR Award Winners 2017:

Jon Bryan in recognition of the excellent files prepared for successful prosecutions of companies breaking fire safety laws.

Michelle Green for her work in ensuring the quality of records held for Chester city centre’s Site Specific Risk Inspections (SSRIs).

Mark Burrage for coordinating the Service’s response to the Grenfell Tower disaster with the National Fire Chiefs Council.

John Maddocks for his commitment to learning British Sign Language to aid communication at incidents and on Safe & Well visits.

Kieran Merriman for spearheading the Service’s trial for crews to be able to post on our social media platforms.

Colin Heyes for his continued work and risk-based approach to arson reduction.

Mike Larking and Paul Rowlands for ensuring proper governance and roll out of the Safe & Well initiative.

Jon Prior, Danny Bowen and David Ashton for consistently going that extra mile when carrying out Safe & Well visits.

Frances Egerton for her continued commitment to road safety initiatives and partnership work in this field.

Ashley Brown for pioneering the implementation of defibrillators on all fire stations.

Gary Simpson for the successful introduction of a brand new cohort of on-call firefighters at the new Penketh Fire Station.

The Business Intelligence Team for their hard work and commitment to the continual improvement of services across the organisation.

Angela Groom for her significant contribution to the successful delivery of Human Resources support across Cheshire East.

Lynne Roberts for her work on the design, development and implementation of the “Steps” talent management framework.

Hannah Caulfield for her valuable contribution in hosting and organising positive action events to increase the number of female applicants to the Service.

Sheila Keeley for her continuing hard work across a range of duties managing a vast array of processes and procedures for firefighters.

Malcolm Jones for his commitment to trauma care training and work in the Operational Training Group.

Corporate Communications for their resilience and positivity in embracing the unexpected challenges and changes of the Blue Light Collaboration programme.

Heather Fox and Matt Woods for enhancing their ATACC skill sets and for their entry in the national United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) challenge.

Staff from Lymm and Penketh Fire Station for ensuring the successful operational opening and smooth transition of staff to two of the Service’s newest fire stations.

Andrew Clarke for leading on effective joint working between firefighters and police officers in Runcorn.

Ian and Laura Moore for their tireless support and valuable contribution to The Fire Fighters Charity.

Birchwood Firefighters and Helen Crick for their continued drive, commitment and support to the #ForVicki campaign.

Janet Thorpe for her calm and professional handling of a call with a person trapped in a fire in a block of flats in Latchford.

Gavin Hanson for ensuring the respect and dignity of a distressed 90 year old lady at a forced entry incident.

Thomas Lamparter and Alan Parkes for using their training and skill to each save a life while off duty from their on-call roles.

Warrington Red Watch for their swift action and decision-taking to save a life during a flat fire at a retirement village.

Learning achievements

The Service is committed to developing its staff and encouraging a culture of learning and development. The following people are being recognised for the dedication and commitment they have demonstrated in achieving their qualifications:

Ursula Corcoran has achieved her Chartered Institute in Personnel and Development Level 7.
Vicky Wraxton, Paul Binyon and Barry Rose have gained their Institute of Leadership & Management Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring awards.

Luke Spencer who joined the Service on the High Potential Development  Scheme, has gained a 2:1 Degree in Sports & Exercise Science from Liverpool John Moores University.

Stewart Forshaw and Simon Gibbins have successfully completed their MSc in Fire and Rescue Service Management with University College Central Lancashire.

Anthony Jones has achieved his Masters in Business Administration with University College Central Lancashire.


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