Firefighters and staff who tackled Twmbarlwm blaze scoop hero award

Following the devastating impact of last year’s grassfires across South Wales our staff have been awarded for their heroic efforts to keep the community and the environment safe.

In 2018, they worked around the clock alongside our partners to tackle the spreading wildfires across the mountainside, where in Twmbarlwm flames covered 100 hectares.

The Pride of Gwent Awards is open to public nominations and our unsung heroes have received the highest recognition within the ‘999 Hero’ category.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Chief Fire Officer, Huw Jakeway QFSM said: ‘Despite heightened pressure on resources last summer due to extreme weather conditions, our firefighters and staff faced this challenge, over many weeks, with the highest standard of professionalism. I am immensely proud of their hard work and commitment to demonstrate our mission in keeping South Wales safe. From those providing 24/7 cover within our 999 control room to those working above and beyond in our workshops alongside the firefighters who risked their lives at the scene. We also worked closely with our partners including Gwent Police, the local authority and Natural Resources Wales who through our collaboration assisted with a helicopter which was crucial in our effective response. Their tireless bravery to protect the local community and wildlife was outstanding and this award recognises each and every one of their achievements . I’d also like to say a special thank you to the local residents who supported us throughout, even offering our firefighters tackling the blaze water and snacks.’

The ceremony will be held on Thursday 4th July 2019 at Rodney Parade in Newport.