Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service wins Business Transformation at the LGC Awards

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has won the Business Transformation category at the 2014 Local Government Chronicle Awards, the biggest celebration of innovation and talent across British councils.

A ceremony was held in London on Wednesday, 12 March featuring over 80 organisations which had been shortlisted for their work to improve services.

The Service was recognised by the judges for their Risk Reduction project.  Chief Fire Officer Paul Hancock said: "The Service has become a non-traditional supplier of early intervention and prevention initiatives. This award recognises the achievements of our community risk reduction activities, actions and results during 2012/13. We have been able to shift funding from frontline emergency response to early intervention.  Risk reduction is now an embedded culture.

Our aim is to reduce fire deaths, injuries and emergency response to have long term reinvestment in prevention. Our Fire Authority Members, despite facing tough financial decisions, want more prevention not less."

By working with the police, ambulance, probation, charities and community groups, problems are tackled together by joining resources to achieve results more cost effectively;  all prevention work is intelligence led and fully evaluated.

The Service's unique selling point is using the firefighter as a positive role model, coupled with a positive reputation and neutral stance, meaning a trusted and respected uniformed brand.

A record breaking 640 entries were submitted for this year’s awards, demonstrating local government’s enthusiasm to share innovation and acknowledge the teams and individuals who make change happen.

The awards help to publicise best practice and the highest quality service provision across local government, encouraging councils to take on new ideas.

Local Government Chronicle editor Nick Golding says: “Projects such as Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s demonstrate the level of innovation in British local government today.

“Our judges were extremely impressed by the quality of the entries. At a time when resources are scarce councils are innovating to ensure they provide residents with the best quality services."

The judges said "This innovative project is changing the public purpose through early intervention and prevention initiatives across the county. 

The judges were particularly impressed with how the initiative is talking the language of today’s health and social care integration and is a making a major contribution to reducing health and social care costs."

The full list of winners can be found on the LGC Awards website (opens in new window)

Date published: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:25:20 GMT

Last updated: Monday 17 March 2014

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Rory Bremner, CFO Paul Hancock, Adam Shaw, Evan Morris and CFA Chair Cllr John Joyce