Congratulations to all the winners of the Excellence in Fire & Emergency Awards – the celebration of innovative working practices, initiatives, partnerships and technology in the fire and emergency services.

FIRE magazine publisher Fire Knowledge – in partnership with Gore-tex Products and Babcock – would like to thank all those who attended the Excellence in Fire & Emergency Awards (EFEs). FIRE would also like to thank our on the day sponsors: Bristol Uniforms, Angus Fire, Emergency One, Capita, Clan Tools, MSA Safety, Clarita Solutions, Infographics, Safety Components, Fire Industry Association, Primetech, Vimpex, Emergency Services Times, Hainsworth Technology, PBI Performance Products, the Institution of Fire Engineers, the Asian Fire Service Association. The EFEs proved to be an exclusive gathering uniting suppliers and industry supporters with chief officers to recognise the very best of UK trade in partnership with emergency services.


Emergency Service of the Year
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service


Resilience & Learning from Major Incidents
West Midlands Training, Exercising and Learning Group


Innovation of the Year
Fire Escape Hoods, introduced by Steve Collins, London Fire Brigade


Collaboration of the Year
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, London Fire Brigade, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Anglia Ruskin University


Emergency Services Collaboration of the Year
Joint Community Safety Department, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and South Yorkshire Police


Training Provider of the Year
Learning and Development, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service


Project of the Year
NE Area Corrosive Substance Attack Team – GM Jenkins, GM Prasad, GM Vitalis, GM Gustafson, SM Carpenter, DAC Perez – London Fire Brigade


Team of the Year
Community Development and Safeguarding Team, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


FIRE Magazine Thought Leadership Award
Major General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director General of Dubai Civil Defence


Young People’s Supporter of the Year
Nick Quinlan, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service


Youth Champion of the Year
Kleria Mendes, London Fire Brigade


Most Influential Woman in Fire
Alex Johnson, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue


Most Influential LGBT+ Individual in Fire
Pat Carberry, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service


International Best Practice
University of Central Lancashire, School of Engineering Fire Team


Most Influential BAME Individual in Fire
Yasmin Bukhari, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service


Outstanding Contribution to the Fire and Rescue Service
Roger Nunn, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service


Unsung Hero Award
Candy Woods, West Midlands Fire Service


FIRE would like to thank our Judging Panel for the difficult task of sifting through dozens of high-quality entries to reach the shortlist and winners and our awards hosts, Chief Fire Officer Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and Fire Knowledge Director Dave Etheridge, for helping to make the awards informative, accessible and entertaining.

Opening the ceremony, FIRE Editor Andrew Lynch paid tribute to the career and contribution of former London firefighter and Fire Minister Jim Fitzpatrick. He also made a moving tribute to London Commissioner Dany Cotton on the day of the announcement of her retirement being brought forward to the end of the year. He told the audience: “Nobody in the history of the UK Fire and Rescue Service has done more to raise the profile of women in the Service nor done more to raise awareness of mental health issues. She has touched the life of thousands of people.” Dany received a prolonged standing ovation from her peers, many of whom included colleagues from London.

Speaking about the event, FIRE Editor Andrew Lynch said: “We are delighted that our 2019 awards lunch, held again at One Great George Street, proved an even better event than last year having grown with more categories, over 100 entries and a great ceremony. I would like to thank everyone who helped make this into the foremost awards event and many congratulations to all our winners.”