The inventor of life-saving breathing appartus and a 15-year-old who saved residents from a dramatic flat fire were among those honoured by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service at its annual Celebrating Success awards.

Firefighter Peter Broomfield, from Fareham Fire Station, developed the potentially life-saving air cylinder attachment after seeing two colleagues die at the Shirley Towers fire [read full story here] and received the main firefighter award at the awards ceremony last week [14 Nov].

There was also a certificate of appreciation for Joshua Patterson, the teenager who leapt in to action to evacuate residents from flats above a chip shop in Townhill Way Southampton in October this year, when he realised a fire was breaking out.

A Chief Officers Certificate of Congratulations recognised the actions of firefighters from Red Watch at Gosport Fire Station for providing life-saving first aid to a gentleman who had collapsed near to the fire station in July this year.

Speaking at the event, Chief Officer John Bonney said "This has been a truly inspiring evening. I personally feel very proud to celebrate and recognise the achievements of so many members of staff and partners." He also thanked the families who are "always there to support their loved ones."

Other results announced on the night included, The Blue Lamp Trust who won the Partnership Award, Waitrose branches in Fleet and Lymington took the Retained Duty System Employer Award. One of two charity awards went to Crew Manager Stu Vince and Firefighter Phil Jackson from Cosham Fire Station for completing 11 marathons in 11 days to raise awareness of organ donation, and Firefighter Jasper Taylor from Southsea received an award for his Fire Fighters Charity work.

The ceremony closed with the chief's Special Recognition Awards for Tracey Roberts and Firefighter Glen Willie for their commitment to rolling out the Service's Face to Face project. A programme of workshops aiming to increase awareness across the Service of how staff can work together in a fair, dignified and respectful way, which contributes towards creating an inclusive workplace.

The final award was presented to Steve Jeffery of the Schools Education team based in Eastleigh for his huge contribution to the education of young people and reduction in arson at a local and national level. Steve also finds time to raise money for local charities - an estimated £110,000 to date.

CFO Bonney added: "We have come together to recognise the spirit of service, courage and selflessness, but much more than that the Celebrating Success Awards help us to continuously develop and improve. Helping us to remember what we have done well today and inspire us to do even better tomorrow".

Posted 20/11/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com