Hampshire scoops national equality gongs

Hampshire scoops national equality gongs

Firefighters get awards for tireless efforts in supporting Women in Fire Service
29 June 2016

Hampshire has swept the Women in the Fire Service (WFS) awards for its work in helping to promote equality and diversity.

The county has won two of the three silver gongs presented with the national accolades going to Jim Gilbert and Lee Joss from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Only one other silver award and one bronze were given out at the ceremony at the Fire Service College at Morton-on-Marsh, Gloucestershire.

Search Dog Handler Jim Gilbert has been a long time supporter of WFS and gives up his own time to teach delegates about the role of the Urban Search and Rescue team – recently renamed Specialist and Technical Response.

A spokesman said:

“Sessions run by Jim with his dogs are always oversubscribed and Jim participates fully in the weekend events.

“He is always smiling, friendly and helpful, and willing to go the extra mile to facilitate any delegate requests.”

Lee, a volunteer coordinator, became a local rep in 2009 and has consistently supported training events.

A spokesman said:

“She has worked hard to ensure women are encouraged and supported in attending the events; and was a key driver in organising the coaching course in HFRS.”

Her award was collected by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager Gina Gray.

An award was also given to Sally Harper of London Fire Brigade after it was announced she had been received the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the honours list.

Shilla Patel from London Fire Brigade also got a silver award while Jan Dyer from the college received the bronze.

Chair of the WFS Dany Cotton presented the awards.

Jim Gilbert collects award
Firefighters recognised for work