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ROUND UP: Firefighters honoured; Keep safe this winter

Firefighters honoured

Firefighters have been singled out for their “outstanding dedication” at an annual awards ceremony.

Among those recognised by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service was Charlie Gunn, whoIMG_20150930_162051 was the first person on the scene of an accident on the M25 as he made his way home from a shift.

The Fire Control Operator, who received a certificate of recognition, cared for casualties until emergency services arrived and kept others involved calm.

Gilbert Kenward was handed a certificate of recognition for an act of bravery by a member of the public after he rescued a neighbour from a burning home in Beare Green.

Held at the service’s Reigate headquarters, the event also recognised long-serving staff and new graduates for their commitment.

Chief Fire Officer Russell Pearson said: “These awards give us the opportunity to recognise the hard work and outstanding dedication of our staff. The vital role played by the service continues, with firefighters involved not only in attending fire incidents, but also increasingly at road traffic collisions and special rescue incidents.”

Keep safe this winter

Older people, families and friends are being urged to look at some simple steps to keeping warm and well this winter.

The Surrey Health and Wellbeing Board is offering tips and advice as temperatures start to plunge as well as information on where to get financial help.

By using the Healthy Surrey website people will be able to find out about planning ahead to ensure medical supplies remain stocked up, centres older people can use, where to get a free flu jab and ways of keeping warm.

Helyn Clack, Joint Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “Winter can cause real problems, particularly for older people, and we want to help people keep warm, well and safe.”

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