Personnel from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service were acknowledged for their hard work and achievements at the Celebrating Success Awards at Parc y Scarlets.

As well as recognising the efforts of individuals and teams, the Long Service medals were also given out by the Lord Lieutenants of Dyfed and West Glamorgan respectively. Thirteen fire service personnel were awarded a medal on the night for 20 years service.  

The event was sponsored by private companies who have had a long history of working with the service and hosted by S4C presenter Angharad Mair. A variety of awards were given ranging from Welsh Language Learner of the Year to the Chief Fire Officer's Commendation Award.

Steve Thomas and Jordan Jones were the proud winners of the Chief Fire Officer's Exceptional Achievement Award. They are both co-responders based at Llandysul Station who responded to an emergency call out last year when a newborn bay had to be resuscitated. They arrived on the scene within minutes, and revived baby Guto using training they had received from the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Firefighter Steve Thomas said: "We were shocked to win this award, as there were some great and deserving nominees in this category.  We are delighted to win, and we were notified that the baby was one year old last week."

Jordan Jones said: "We are really delighted to win, especially in this category.  All the shortlisted nominees in this category deserved to win."

Chief Fire Officer Richard Smith said: "These two firefighters are exemplars of the kind of professionalism, composure and quick-thinking we aspire towards at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, and deserved winners of this category."

The Team Achievement Award was won by Welshpool Fire Station for their efforts in raising funds for various charities throughout the year.  Brendan McWhinnie said: "This is a fantastic achievement not only for the Station, but even more so for the community we represent. Thanks for their unstinting support."

Another winner was Karen Rees Roberts, Ceredigion Command Schools Officer, who received several nominations for her hard work and commitment with the Young Firefighter scheme and Phoenix courses. 

Karen said: "I'd like to thank everybody who nominated me - it came as quite a shock. It is really appreciated, and this award represents recognition for the work that goes on across the whole county."

Tenby Fire Station won the Firefighter's Charity Award for their dedication to raising money for the charity, the climax being the Annual Firefighter's Carnival.  

Sion Brace said: "A big thanks goes to Head of Pembrokeshire County Command, Steve Bryant, for this nomination."

Group Manager Martin Hurlow said: "We would like to thank above all the members of the public who contribute to the fundraising for this important charity."


Other awards were won by:

Community Achievement Award - Borth Volunteer Unit and Friends of Borth

Award for Innovation - Steve Rowlands, Powys Command

Welsh Learner of the Year - Dai Phillips, Swansea Command

Academic Achievement Award: Elizabeth Calligan, Ceredigion Command

Young Person's Achievement Award: Young Fire Fighter Carl Gannon of Welshpool


Posted November 28th, 2011 at 1620 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: