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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service recognised by AFSA at their awards ceremony

Last night (25 November) Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) was recognised by the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA)

The awards event held in Liverpool celebrates the many exceptional achievements of staff by sharing knowledge and best practice across the public sector. They showcase the innovative work around prevention, partnership and inclusion in the workplace.

We were recognised twice in the ‘COVID-19 going the extra mile award’ for our work with the East of England Ambulance Service and the role that we played providing command support to the local resilience forum.

In the Champion of Equality, we were recognised for our work on our LGBT+ network and our diversity work.

Our former Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Andy Peckham was recognised for his contribution to AFSA as a champion of equality and diversity in the workplace and for his work in support of the Firefighters Charity.

The Shining Light Award was presented in memory to our late Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller for his advocacy, support and friendship to AFSA. He was also recognised for his work championing equality and diversity at a local and national level.

Alison Kibblewhite, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, BFRS, attended the awards event and said; “I was delighted to attend the awards event which acknowledged the exceptional achievements of all of the winners. I am so pleased that Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was recognised for our work in so many categories.

“It is a real tribute to our staff and the brilliant work that they do everyday in keeping our communities and staff safe. It was also great to see the acknowledgement of the work that Andy Peckham and Paul Fuller have done as champions of AFSA and the equality and diversity agenda.”