Last night (Monday 11th September) Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury hosted an evening of awards and celebration for the latest batch of on-call and control operator firefighters to join Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Friends and family were invited along to see the 23 firefighters receive their certificates, with a select few being awarded the silver axe for top student on their course.
Chloe Upton of Oswestry Fire Station received the Silver Axe and Student's Choice Award
Chief Fire Officer Simon Hardiman said on the night:
“Tonight is an opportunity for us to say thank you to our recruits who have joined us over the past 12 months.
"As a Service, we strive to learn together and celebrate together and I’m honoured to be able to celebrate with you all tonight.
"The commitment our new recruits provide is huge and therefore tonight is also an opportunity to say a big thank you to the friends, family and employers who support our firefighters.”
The evening was also an opportunity to celebrate staff who have attained important professional qualifications and the employers who allow their staff to undertake on-call firefighter duties.
4 employers were recognised, including RAF Cosford, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital, Spar Baschurch and Nexus Education.
Sally Davies of Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital receiving the employer's plaque from CFO Simon Hardiman
If you are interested in learning more about the role of an on-call firefighter, visit: shropshirefire.gov.uk/on-call