National award for fire service after blaze at Hatfield Moors
South Yorkshire’s fire service has won a national award after they spent 22 days fighting a major wildfire in May last year.
The fire spread throughout a massive area of rare peat moorland, a site reportedly well-known for special scientific interest; it is home to many rare species of animals and plants.
The team won the Incident Management Award at CIR Magazine’s Business Continuity Awards 2021 for their work tackling the blaze.
403 fire appliance movements were reported across 523 hours in May and June last year.
Area Manager Stewart Nicholson said: “Responding to large scale incidents such as this isn’t simply about the work of our fantastic firefighters on the ground.
“It’s also about the coordination of activity behind the scenes, the implementation of plans for managing an incident of this size and collaboration with our partners, including the local authority and Natural England.
“This award is fitting recognition for all of the efforts which went into managing the incident.
“Even during the early stages of the pandemic, our frontline crews remained ready, willing and able to respond to every 999 call they received – including major fires such as this one.
“Our response to this blaze right at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic is therefore also testament to the control measures we had in place and the diligence of our staff in following them.”
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue’s Emergency Planning Officer Russ Parramore won the Adviser of the Year Award at the same awards event.
He was rewarded for his work with the National Fire Chief’s Council’s business continuity committee.