John Armson took home the Chief’s Award at the seventh annual Humberside Fire and Rescue Service Community Awards which took place on 24 September at The Country Park Inn in Hessle.
Around 250 guests gathered to celebrate success and recognise the work of individuals, teams and partner agencies who have made a real difference to the safety and well-being of our communities over the last 12 months.
John (pictured right with CFO Sanders and Craig Lannie of sponsors Fire Angel) collected the evening’s final award on an emotional night superbly hosted by Blair Jacobs. Special guest speaker Martin Green entertained the audience with tales of his time delivering the Olympics opening ceremony and the excitement and anticipation leading up to Hull 2017 – the UK City of Culture. The evening concluded with the excellent live band The Travelling Polar Bears providing the entertainment.
Chief Fire Officer Dene Sanders presented the following awards on stage alongside representatives from the generous sponsors.
Individual award for service to the community
Sponsor: Shared Agenda Solutions
Winner: ADAM McHALE
Administered CPR to a man in Goole for 30 minutes until the arrival of the air ambulance.
Project, team or individual to have the most impact on improving people’s lives
Sponsor: P&O Ferries
James Meredith and Dave Dillon
Michelle Emmerson and Kieren Garner
Winners: JAMES MEREDITH and DAVE DILLON
Rescued an elderly gentleman left by his carers in a vehicle.
Project, team or individual to have had most impact on Safer Communities, Safer Firefighters
Peter Sissons and Kris Illingworth
Dave Bristow and Liam Plunkett
Joe Thornton and Richard Jordan
Winners: PETER SISSONS and KRIS ILLINGWORTH
Tackled an aggressor at an incident and made a citizen’s arrest.
Project, team or individual which most engages with vulnerable and hard to reach people
Sponsor: BAE Systems
Winner: MATTHEW WILLIAMS
Given up his own time to support the Pinderfields Burns Club by taking affected youngsters on day trips.
Award for inspiring others
Sue Griffiths and Chris Palmer
Winners: SUE GRIFFITHS and CHRIS PALMER
Took in a vulnerable neighbour who is now part of the family.
Winner: KIRTON IN LINDSEY
This award was selected by senior managers and was based upon performance and standards over the last 12 months.
Sponsor: PBi Performance Products
North Lincs Operational Support
HFRS Fitness and Wellbeing Team
Paul Graves and the Retained Crew At Withernsea
Winner: NORTH LINCS OPERATIONAL SUPPORT
Took on extra workload and delivered the EMAS Emergency First Responder trial.
Award for Excellence
Red Watch Control
Winner: RED WATCH CONTROL
Talked a man out of suicide in the North Sea and provided fire survival advice to two men trapped by the same fire.
Partner Organisation which has helped the Fire and Rescue Service improve people’s lives
Sponsor: Bristol Uniforms
Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership
Winner: TED WHARAM
Has given guidance and emotional support to staff over 25 years through his Kairos Counselling Service.
Partner organisation which assists HFRS to engage with hard to reach and vulnerable people
Sponsor: HFR Solutions
Winner: JULIE DANBY
Manages the Home Oxygen Service in Hull and produced a film with HFRS to warn of the fire dangers to users.
Youth group or individual Young Person of the Year
Winner: BRANDON BRONBY
A brave 3 year old who suffered burns on Christmas Eve 2014 and has undergone numerous operations.
Local Hero Award
Sponsor: DFDS Seaways
Winner: PAUL FISHER
Rescued a surfer who was face down in the sea at Withernsea and carried out CPR saving his life.
Sponsor: Fire Angel
Winner: JOHN ARMSON
Brought his military experience and sporting excellence to the Fire Service and latterly HFR Solutions and is an example to all through his professionalism and ‘can-do’ attitude. Plays a leading role in a multitude of tasks and projects including the 7 Lakes Xtreme Challenge and Rescue Day and commits much of his own time to other related voluntary projects including manning the EFR vehicle in North Lincs.