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Reward and recognition were the two key themes of the annual Humberside Police and Humberside Fire Volunteers Awards evening held at the Country Park Inn over the weekend.

Representatives from both services and special guests from partner agencies gathered at the venue on Hessle foreshore to pay tribute to the volunteers from all walks of life who together have contributed over 173,000 hours to the good of their communities.

Humberside Police Chief Constable Justine Curran and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service Director of Operations Daryl Oprey both paid tribute to the invaluable work done by the volunteers over the last 12 months to the invited audience of around 150. Special praise was given to Vince Lobley who recently received his British Empire Medal for his lifetime in public service.

The volunteers are pictured with their awards outside after the ceremony.

Daryl highlighted the excellent work done by the volunteers across both services and the success of the partnership approach:

“This joint working arrangement is believed to be the only combined Fire and Police volunteer force in the country. The work of our volunteers is breaking new ground in the Humberside area and other forces and services have already been in touch to learn from this pioneering approach. Our communities continue to benefit from their sterling work and we owe these volunteers our grateful thanks.”