Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has received national recognition for its outstanding work in reducing community risk.

The service won three of seven national awards and was highly commended in a fourth at the Association of Local Area Risk Management awards ceremony in Manchester. Assistant Chief Fire Officer Trevor Stratford said: "This is a real success for the Service as it is unusual for an organisation to win more than one award.

"It is testament to all the hard work that has been carried out by those members of staff involved and they should be proud of their achievements."

The awards received by the service were as follows:

  • People Risk category: Phoenix Jobcentre Plus programme
  • Strategic Risk: The Service's Strategic Review of Risk
  • Risk Management Newcomer of the Year: David Church
  • Operational Risk: Asset Accountability (highly commended).

Cllr Mark Healey, Chairman of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority, said: "The hard work, determination and personal commitment of the recipients was above and beyond the normal call of duty and has truly been reflected in the outstanding success of the evening."

The Jobcentre Plus programme involves a group of young people who have been long-term unemployed undertaking a course of firefighter training, which helps build self-esteem and develop personal skills which are needed in the workplace. The majority of people who have completed the course find work or training shortly afterwards. The programme attracted the attention of government and was recently visited by the Fire Minister Bob Neill MP.

The Strategic Review of Risk has identified where the highest risks to people's safety are likely to be across Devon and Somerset so that the service can use its operational resources in a more effective way.

Dave Church won the risk management newcomer of the year award for his work developing community risk profiles to highlight groups within the community who are most at risk of fire and how they might be most effectively targeted with fire safety activity.

The service was runner-up in the Operational Risk category for developing a new asset tracking system, which pinpoints the location of operational resources through a system that is being taken up nationally.

More information about the awards is available on the Alarm website: 


Posted July 12th, 2012 at 1025 by Thomas Lawson. Comment by emailing