On the way to Wembley: the fire fighters charity's Mark Southern reports on the monumental events of March's Spirit of Fire Awards, which saw the organisation both recognising firefighting heroes, as well as changing its name from the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund.(Spirit of Fire Awards)


The Fire Fighters Charity--the new identity of the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund--recognised the UK's bravest, most dedicated fire services people at the Sprit of Fire Awards 2008, on Saturday March 15. The very best of the fire services were presented with awards in front of a sell-out audience at Wembley Stadium, in one of the most prestigious events of the fire community's history.

The awards--now in their fourth year--recognised both fire services and charitable achievement and were presented by a number of celebrity supporters, including Amanda Holden, Boris Johnson and Jon Culshaw.

The Fire Fighters Charity Chief Executive Roy Lawrenson explained why the event was so important to the fire services community: "Our firefighters take on great responsibility in keeping the public safe from fire and rescue situations and, from the person who takes the 999 call to the firefighters who attend the incident, are the very best in the world. …

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