Bedfordshire FRS Win Fire Service of the Year
Date Added: 13/10/2015
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) was named as Fire Service of the Year in the national Spirit of Fire Awards that were announced in early October. The Awards, organised by The Fire Fighters Charity, are held annually to honour members of the fire and rescue services and the public, by recognising commitment and bravery within the fire community and dedication to The Fire Fighters Charity.
Bedfordshire FRS continually makes a big contribution to the work of The Fire Fighters Charity and their strategic approach to fundraising has resulted in outstanding growth with them appearing in the top five FRS’ in the UK in terms of income per head for two years running.
Having set itself an ambitious fundraising target of £70,000 for the Charity’s 70th anniversary, Bedfordshire went on to raise a record-breaking £75,000 in 2013/14 and has since gone on to match that in 2014/15, bringing in income significantly above target. This growth has happened despite a reduction in the Service’s workforce figures, an increase on everyone’s workload and a difficult financial climate.
Paul Fuller, Chief Fire Officer at BFRS, said: “I am honoured that Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have won Fire Service of the Year. This award is fitting recognition for all the hard work our firefighters and support staff put in every day to ensure we are ready and able to protect the public and reduce risks to their safety.
“We have an excellent record of supporting The Fire Fighters Charity and many other worthy causes and I’d like to commend everyone that organises fundraising and awareness events and thank the public for their continuing generous contributions.
“I’d also like to congratulate other nominees from Bedfordshire, our three Firefighters who were nominated for awards for their courage and bravery and our staff working with Cambridgeshire FRS who were nominated for Team of the Year.”
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