Triumph for West Midlands Fire Service at Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards 2023

West Midlands Fire Service comes away with two awards, out of five nominations at the Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards 2023, showcasing their commitment to community safety and excellence.

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Published on 1 December 2023

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) are delighted to have been recognised at the Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards this afternoon (Friday 1 December).

In a ceremony held in London, WMFS secured multiple accolades, underscoring our commitment to excellence and demonstrating the hard work of our staff throughout the year across a range of areas.

Building on our past successes, such as last year’s win in Emergency Service Collaboration of the Year and Most Influential Woman in Fire in 2022, WMFS continues its winning streak.

Award winner Julie Farruggia stood with her award, alongside Chief Fire Officer Wayne Brown, who collected the award on behalf of late colleague, Iain Hughes.
A group of WMFS staff who attended the Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards 2023
Chief Fire Officer Wayne Brown

Wayne Brown

Chief Fire Officer

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It’s a huge honour to be nominated in 5 categories in this year’s Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards. To come away having won in two categories is an even greater achievement for us and our staff
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This year, the service saw Julie Farruggia crowned Neurodiversity Champion of the Year.

Crew Manager Iain Hughes, remembered for his invaluable contributions to WMFS, his community and charities, won the Unsung Hero Award category for his charity and fundraising work.

We were also nominated for Resilience and Learning from Major Incidents for our work at Babbs Mill, Project of the Year for our Fire Control NOG team and Team of the Year for our work at Babbs Mill which is testament to the commitment of our teams in making the West Midlands safer, stronger and healthier.

Chief Fire Officer, Wayne Brown, said: “It’s a huge honour to be nominated in 5 categories in this year’s Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards. To come away having won in two categories is an even greater achievement for us and our staff.

“Our priority, like other fire and rescue services, is professionalism and pride in all that we do. And this year’s awards only further reinforce our dedication to making our communities safer and striving for excellence.

“I’d like to extend my congratulations to all the other services and individuals who won awards or were nominated in this year’s awards”

A full list of the nominations and awards can be found on FIRE Magazine’s website.

A graphic showing Iain Hughes winning Unsung Hero Award
A graphic showing Julie Farrugia at WMFS as Neurodiversity Champion of the Year