London Fire Brigade

Brigade staff past and present receive national awards

14 October 2015

Our staff past and present have been recognised at national level for their hard work and bravery.

A retired London firefighter David Roberts who has individually raised more than £325,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity was recently named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.

David, 64, is the latest recipient of a Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

In 2011, David was diagnosed with a brain tumour but despite now having a partial disability, David continues to raise money and provides London fire stations with an excellent and hassle-free opportunity to generate funds.

'Why me?'

Upon receiving the Points of Light award, David Roberts said: "Initially I thought, 'why me?' I was surprised to say the least, and very pleased!

"But it isn't just me, I couldn't do what I do without the support I get from London Fire Brigade – I use their office and storage space and their phones.

"Colleagues have also supported me, and my wife puts up with an enormous amount! Without close friends and family, my work wouldn't be possible."

Above: David Roberts (second left) receiving his Points of Light award

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "David is a credit to London Fire Brigade and I'm pleased that he has been recognised by the Prime Minister for his incredible work for The Fire Fighters Charity.

"In nearly half a century David's unwavering support to the Charity has meant that thousands of firefighters have received life-enhancing support.

"It is right and fitting that David has been awarded a Point of Light as he is a shining example of all that is good about the fire service."

David was also nominated for the Fire Fighters Charity Supporter of The Year award at the prestigious Spirit of Fire awards.

Two Londoners Alan Rendall and Gareth Salmon were nominated in the member of the public bravery category for their actions at two fires.

Londoner Gareth won the award for saving an elderly woman's life rescuing her from a burning flat.. 

UK Heart Safe

Phil Davies won Life Saver of the Year and the overall Special Achievement Award at UK Heart Safe awards.

Phil from our Fire Safety Team was off duty on 24 November last year when he risked his own safety to rescue two people overcome by fumes at his local dry cleaners.

Noticing a strong smell of chemicals as he went to collect his dry cleaning, he went inside and found two people unconscious.

Despite being affected by the fumes himself, he carried the pair outside and then helped paramedics treat them. Both casualties thankfully recovered.

The judges felt Phil displayed real courage, risking his own safety to save the two lives. He is a true hero.

Phil Davies said: "Our training as firefighters gives us the natural instinct and the skill set to save life, and I just did what I had been trained to do."

Phil's manager Adreena Parkin-Coates said: "Phil risked his own personal safety whilst saving two people's lives. He undoubtedly did a wonderful job and I'm proud to have him as a member of my team."

Above: Phil Davies collecting his Heart Safe award

West Hampstead firefighter Hannah Gould was also nominated in the same category for saving the life of a woman who collapsed in her local Waitrose.

Off duty Hannah started CPR and continued to do so until Ambulance Service crews arrived. Thankfully the woman has made a full recovery.