Spirit of Fire not quite enough for Broughton Fire Station

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Broughton Fire Station narrowly missed out on a national award at last night’s Spirit of Fire ceremony organised by The Fire Fighters Charity.

It was one of the four finalists in the Charity Team of the Year category, recognising the station that has protected its local community with outstanding dedication and supported the fire and rescue service community by raising funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.

The category was won by Runcorn Fire Station (White Watch), Cheshire. The other two nominees were Mytholmroyd Fire Station, West Yorkshire, and Skegness Fire Station, Lincolnshire.

Broughton Fire Station was runner-up in the Station of the Year category in 2009 and a finalist in the same category in 2010. BFRS was shortlisted in the Brigade of the Year category in 2010, and Bletchley Fire Station was shortlisted for Station of the Year in 2011.

Mark Jones, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, said: “It was wonderful to see so much good work from all over the UK showcased at the ceremony, and I was delighted that Broughton Fire Station’s contribution earned it a place on the shortlist once again.

“I am proud of the efforts all our staff and stations make to support this worthwhile cause, and I would like to thank the communities of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes for so generously helping us to raise money to fund its vital services.”

Nominees attended a Downing Street reception hosted by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, before going on to the awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel.