Thursday the 26th October, saw staff from across the brigade awarded for their tremendous efforts, outstanding commitment and continuous contribution to Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
The awards ceremony, which was once again held in the prestigious Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, and hosted by BBC News presenter, Sian Lloyd, is a time for the team at MAWW to be recognised and awarded for the dedicated work they deliver on a daily basis to better serve the communities that they protect.
This year, the ceremony was sponsored by Emergency One, Veale Wasborough, Fire Blitz, Gardiner, Mansel Davies & Sons, and Clan Tools.
Award for Innovation
Each year this year goes to an individual or team that has developed an initiative that has made a significant contribution to service delivery and performance. This year the award went to the Fighting in Built Up and Urban Areas (FIBUA) Team.
FIBUA is a mock German village, owned by MOD, in the Brecon Beacons. Over the past 10 years, MAWWFRS have benefited from the facility by hosting realistic training at the location. The Team have ensured that this facility can be used as a coaching and training facility, as well as an assessment facility. Such is the demand for the use of FIBUA that other Fire and Rescue Services attend MAWWFRS exercises at the location. The facility provides a centre for all commands to maintain operational capabilities of personnel and for Fire Cadets to complete their B Tech Qualifications.
The initiative has saved the Service money, up skilled staff and maintained competencies to over 500 personnel.
The Fire Fighters Charity Award
The Fire Fighters Charity Award, which was awarded to Station Manager, Robert Raynor, recognises the noble efforts made to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity.
Robert fulfilled the role of Fire-Fighters Charity representative for many years and has raised money for the charity since he joined the Service, almost 30 years ago. He has been inspirational in supporting stations and has brought his hobby of a miniature steam locomotive, at a financial loss to himself, to station open days and events as an additional attraction. He has consistently supported personnel who have required the assistance and support of the Charity and has even driven personnel to Harcombe House for them to receive the support required.
The Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is given each year to exceptional individuals who have contributed over 30 years of service and shown outstanding dedication to the Service. This year the award went to Watch Manager, Timothy Dicker, Head of Procurement, Lyn Jones, and Firefighter, Ricky Bateman.
Lyn Jones, Head of Procurement
Lyn has completed over 30 years of dedicated service. He has been a constant support for all who have worked within the Procurement Department, both professionally and on a personal level.
His dedication to consistently achieve the best outcome for the Service is inspiring and commendable and sets the perfect example for all colleagues to follow.
His commitment to driving the Service forward is unquestionable, as he ensures that continuous improvement is seen as an everyday practice.
Lyn has represented the Service through many national forums and has led the procurement of many strategic projects, such as the All Wales PPE and All Wales Appliance to name only a few.
Watch Manager Timothy Dicker, Lampeter
Tim has provided a dedicated service to the community of Lampeter for over 30 years.
He has willingly contributed to the co-responder scheme and has forged excellent links with the Ambulance staff who support the Station.
Tim has also contributed greatly to the many projects the Service has introduced, providing valuable feedback and ideas to shape the initiatives. He is always willing to assist and is extremely proud of the Station, continually coming into facilitate station visits and local charity events.
Firefighter Ricky Bateman, Haverfordwest Fire Station
Ricky joined the Dyfed Fire Service in 1982, as an on-call firefighter at Haverfordwest Fire Station, before becoming a whole-time member of the same station in 1992.
During his 35 years of service, he has attended such incidents as the Amoco tank fire, The Sea Empress oil tanker incident and the Texaco explosion, to name only a few.
He is an ARP Instructor, Level 2 Line Instructor and was an active member of the MIRG Offshore team when it was in existence, as well as the offshore equipment officer.
He now serves on a Day Crewed system, which requires crew members to attend from home during the nighttime hours, and is the first one in on his bike 99% of the time.
Station of the Year Award
This award pays homage to the Station that has gone above and beyond in their commitment, engagement and service to their respective community. Tenby Fire Station was awarded Station of the Year for their central role within the social calendar of the town by staging numerous events, such as the Tenby Carnival and Fire Station Open Day. It also supports events hosted by the Mencap Tenby Gateway Club, Tenby Round Table and Tenby Rugby Club and Iron Man Wales event for the Firefighters Charity, as well as opening its doors for visits from local schools and Brownies.
Its open door policy has provided a platform from which to deliver home fire safety, road safety and defibrillator training, whilst promoting partnership work with the Cariad Charity and Blood Bikes Wales.
The station has maintained operation of the on-trial Coldcut™ Cobra unit as a third appliance.
Community Achievement Award
The Community Achievement Award is for an initiative or event that brings benefits to the Service or public through excellent internal or external partnership working. This year’s Award went to Swansea Central Blue Watch for their ‘Don’t Drink and Drown Campaign’. Nationally, there has been a noticeable rise in deaths involving alcohol. Tragically, Swansea has seen several incidents of firefighters being to rescue and recovery roles.
Swansea Blue Watch has worked in collaboration with South Wales Police, Swansea City Council, Royal Life Saving Society and Carmarthen Water Aid Charity to run a series of events across the city and Marina area to highlight the dangers of walking near water, having consumed alcohol.
The watch designed and purchased luminous wristbands that were distributed to a target audience of 18-24-year-olds. The initiative was classed as the best multi-event that the Royal Life Saving Society had worked on.
Team Achievement Award
The Team Achievement Award recognises an outstanding team achievement or a team that has consistently performed above expectations throughout the year. This year the award went to Service Control. The Control Room staff are a dedicated team of experts, always ready to provide information, advice and mobilise resources – a 24-hour hub to members of the public and the Fire and Rescue Service.
In October, the Fire Control relocated, along with South Wales Fire Control, to the Joint Fire Control in Bridgend. Over the past 12 months, the Fire Control staff have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to their role, whilst facing challenging and difficult issues.
Amongst some of the larger incidents handled within the last 12 months, by Fire Control staff, were Gower College, M & R Commercials, Brynfield Court and the MOD Site Castlemartin.
Individual Achievement Award
The Individual Achievement Award which recognises an outstanding individual achievement, or an individual that has consistently performed above expectations throughout the year went to Crew Manager, Rhys Thomas.
Rhys is an On-call Firefighter within the community of Rhayader and has risen to the rank of Crew Manager. Rhys also serves his community through various roles. He is the founder member and Chairperson of the Rhayader and District Defib Group, which has provided six new defibrillators to the community.
Rhys is also a member of the Rhayader Carnival committee, a committee member of Rhayader Football club, a town councillor, a primary school governor and has represented Rhayader on the rugby and football pitch.
His commitment to the community was recently recognised when he became one of the few baton bearers during the Queens's Baton Relay for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Chief Fire Officer’s Exceptional Achievement Award
The Chief Fire Officer’s Exceptional Achievement Award is awarded to an individual or team in recognition of their exceptional achievement in achieving MAWWFRS’s aims and objectives. This year, Chief Fire Officer Chris Davies determined that two individuals were worthy of the award.
Crew Manager Dylan Evans, Cardigan Fire Station
Whilst attending an incident in July 2016, Crew Manager Dylan Evans from Cardigan Fire Station, was confronted by an individual who was threatening to self-harm. Dylan offered to assist Dyfed Powys Police in their negotiations and has been commended for the key role he played in bringing the incident to a safe conclusion. This was undoubtedly an extremely challenging incident for all blue light services who attended the scene, and Crew Manager Evans’ professionalism and presence of mind played a central role in the successful outcome of this incident.
Mr W J Thomas, Stores Department
Whilst travelling between Llangurig and Aberystwyth on a Stores run, Jonny came across a road traffic collision where an elderly couple’s car had collided head on with a tree. Jonny pulled over to assist, taking the medical oxygen cylinders from the stores van, along with an oxygen therapy mask and proceeded to administer oxygen to the elderly female casualty.
He also contacted Fire Control to inform them that a crew would be required to extract the casualty from the vehicle. The female casualty had a nasty lower leg fracture and Jonny stayed with her to reassure her while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
Whilst our operational crews are regularly called to attend road traffic collisions, Jonny’s unselfish actions are a true reflection of the spirit of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and undoubtedly contributed to the well-being of the couple concerned.
MAWWFRS would like to thank all the nominees, award recipients, organisers, and attendees for making this year’s Celebrating Success, once again, such a wonderful evening, which truly epitomises what it means to be #TeamMAWW