Karen and Duncan are the toast of the HFRS Community Awards 2014
25 September 2014
The 6th Annual HFRS Community Awards took place on 25 September and it proved to be an emotional and inspirational night.
In front of a packed Country Park Inn, awards were given to those who have showed exceptional bravery, courage, determination and teamwork. Blair Jacobs hosted the event and BBC TV presenter and reporter Damian Johnson entertained the guests and valued sponsors with tales of family, football and fame across Yorkshire.
Amongst the highlights of a glitzy evening were Pocklington being crowned Best Station and the recognition of the Emergency First Responders scheme in East Riding for its ground-breaking work. Scunthorpe Blue Watch also received an award for their brave and rapid actions at the Ashby Road, Scunthorpe explosion earlier in the year.
The final two awards were much anticipated, one having been voted for by the public and the final award a closely guarded secret which CFO Dene Sanders chose personally.
There were hundreds of votes for each nominee in the Local Hero Award category. However, after totalling the text and email votes, the winner was Duncan Kirk who was praised for his bravery in saving a disabled man from a house fire in Norton Grove, Hull.
The finale was an inspirational tale of an employee who, rather than oppose change or complain about it, has embraced the challenge of finding a new direction within HFRS. Karen Capes, former cook at Clough Road Fire Station, took it upon herself to retrain in a totally new area and use her infectious personality and welcoming smile to good effect. She is now a valued member of the Admin team at headquarters and is usually the first face you see as you enter the building. She has worked tirelessly on a number of special projects including the launch event for the Hull 2020 project.
CFO Dene Sanders said that Karen was a deserved winner of the award – the first he has given as Chief:
“She has used the recent changes in the Service as an opportunity rather than something to be feared. Karen has embraced change and is an inspirational story to us all”.
Karen is pictured above with daughter Jodie and CFO Dene Sanders
Award for Service to the Community – Sponsored by BP
Winner: Tim Smith
The Project / Team or Individual to have the most impact on improving people’s lives – Sponsored by Clugstons
WM Jason Frary
Winner: Jason Kelly
The Project / Team or Individual to have the most impact on Safer Communities, Safer Firefighters – Sponsored by ARCO
Liam Plunkett & Dave Bristow
Winners: Dave Bristow and Liam Plunkett
The Project / Team or individual which most engages with vulnerable and hard to reach people – Sponsored by Bristol Uniforms
CM Carl Frith & FF Scott Rumblow
Winner: Steph Smith
The Award for inspiring others – sponsored by Shared Agenda Solutions
Winner: Andy Peart
Best Fire Station Award – sponsored by KC
This award is decided by performance and standards as well as nomination by Group Managers and public letters of thanks.
Winner: Pocklington Fire Station
Best Team – sponsored by BAE Systems
Scunthorpe Blue Watch
Winner: Scunthorpe Blue Watch
The Award for Excellence – sponsored by Howdens
Winner: Mike Brown
The Award for the Partner organisation assisting HFRS to engage with hard to reach and vulnerable people – sponsored by HFR Solutions Community Interest Company
The Grimsby Institute (Debbie Fisher, Michaela Bratley and Donna Finney)
Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership
Winner: Grimsby Institute
Youth Group or Individual young person of the year – sponsored by SCANIA
Winner: Elizabeth Teesdale
The Local Hero Award -sponsored by DFDS Seaways
Hilary Daley & Sue McKay
Winner: Duncan Kirk
2014 Chief’s Award – sponsored by Fire Angel
Winner: Karen Capes