CDDFRS crowned UK Fire and Rescue Service of the year for the second year running

Cllr John Shuttleworth

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) are proud to announce that they have been awarded the title of ‘UK Fire and Rescue Service of the year’ for the second year running at the IESE Public Sector Transformation Awards ceremony held in London last week.

The Service were commended for their ability to put communities at the heart of everything they do and striving to ‘be the best.’ It was said that they have taken their values of being professional, innovative, and effective to become a leading example of best practice.

The Service also picked up a bronze award in the People, Value, and Culture category for their talking heads debrief learning videos that their Operational Assurance Team created.

Chief Fire Officer Steve Helps said: “I am both delighted & proud that our service has walked away with two prestigious awards this year, and once again been crowned fire & rescue service of the year.

“This would not have been possible without the hard work & dedication of every member of staff who work tirelessly to keep the public of County Durham & Darlington safe.”

“This award also complements the finding of the recent inspection of CDDFRS, by His Majesty’s Inspectorate for Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services which recognised the service as being good across the three inspection pillars which cover Efficiency, Effectiveness and People.”

Cllr John Shuttleworth, Chair of County Durham and Darlington Combined Fire Authority commented: “This is such a fantastic outcome, and I cannot express how much the Service is deserving of this award.

“CDDFRS show what an integral part they are to our communities on a day-to-day basis, and I am very proud to be apart of such an amazing service who steps up whenever they are needed. They certainly deserve to be bringing the trophy home to County Durham & Darlington.”