florianFire Service charity Operation Florian has been awarded the Worshipful Company of Firefighters highest accolade for 2013; in recognition of their outstanding humanitarian work across the globe.

The award ceremony was marked by a black tie and mess dress St Florian's Banquet evening on 10th October 2013 at Cutlers' Hall, near St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner throughout the awards evening.

The Master, Beryl Jeffery presented the award to Steve Owen-Hughes, President of Operation Florian and Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, and Mick Doherty, Chair of Operation Florian. Both Steve and Mick have played a founding role in the forming and running of the Operation Florian charity. Mick said ‘It was indeed a great honour to accept the award on behalf of all our volunteers, it recognises the underpinning principles which Operation Florian and the WCFF share in supporting Fire and Rescue personnel and their communities at home and abroad.’

Operation Florian were chosen for the award to recognise the valuable role the charity and its volunteers play in empowering more and more countries across the globe, provide better fire and rescue services.

This is the fourth year that the Worshipful Company of Firefighters has made the Award which aims to recognise and honour firefighters who have shown courage, initiative or professionalism or who have taken humanitarian actions for the benefit of mankind.