Video - review of 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016Duration:
3 minutes 30 seconds
Transcript - 2016 year review (new window, PDF 249KB)
In January it was announced we had rocketed up the national Stonewall Top 100 chart to 13th, and were 1st in both the Emergency Services and regional categories. The FireChoir realised the dream of a lifetime by not only singing at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York, but singing at Ground Zero to honour those who perished on 9/11.
A major training exercise in February had crews working alongside ambulance, police and Costain colleagues in a rescue exercise on a new stretch of the A556. Crewe received defibrillators in two of the town’s stores, thanks to the efforts of Firefighter Ash Brown.
March blew in Long Service Good Conduct at Eaton Hall and a unique road safety initiative with Manchester Camerata. Fatal Distraction was performed at Crewe Lyceum Theatre and has been shortlisted for a national award. The ground was officially broken for Lymm Fire Station and Safety Central.
Our Chief also became Chief Fire Officer for Cumbria in April, women were invited to try out as firefighters alongside the Team GB Women’s American Football Team and Hampshire lad Andrew Dane dropped in to all our fire stations on his challenge to visit every fire station in the UK.
Our first app, Risk Rater, was launched in May, and fire cadets found a unique way of fundraising for Nepal; they hosed down the muddy competitors who had completed the Pretty Muddy Race for Life event in Warrington.
In June a former Cheshire nursing home was successfully prosecuted for eight serious breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Councillor Bob Rudd was welcomed as the new Chair of Cheshire Fire Authority and Road Safety was accredited by Road Safety Britain.
July was the month in which the new on-call firefighters for the new Penketh Fire Station had their passing out parade and Warrington firefighters encouraged over 1,500 school children across the borough to stay safe around water.
The new rainbow fire engine was unveiled to great acclaim at August’s Manchester Pride and our first wholetime recruitment campaign in six years was announced.
In September The Fire Choir released The Rising as a download to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity and headlined their first concert at Warrington’s Parr Hall. In Chester there was a targeted impact day led by the Protection team.
Crews across the county promoted National Burn Awareness Day in October, booking for Safety Central school visits opened to a flurry of calls and the Fire Cadets held their annual awards.
November was blooming in Nantwich with the fire station, under the green-fingered guidance of Des Evans, earning a Britain in Bloom Gold award, and the road safety team encouraged hundreds of people to sign up to the #BrakePledge during National Road Safety Week.
And in December, with Christmas heralded by the Emergency Services Carol Concert and our apprentices completing their Prince’s Trust Programme at a graduation ceremony.
That’s just a snapshot from a packed year. All that and 2,311 incidents were dealt with too!