Press release

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Servcie celebrates annual awards

The dedication and skill of Cumbria’s fire personnel has been celebrated at the service’s annual awards ceremony.


Seven awards were handed out by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service at Friday’s gathering, recognising the outstanding work being carried out every day to keep Cumbria safe; both those on the frontline and those behind the scenes keeping the service functioning successfully.

A number of Long Service Good Conduct Medals were also presented at the event, in addition to three special commendations.

Rick Ogden, Chief Fire Officer, said: “This is the best day of the year; a fantastic opportunity to highlight the outstanding work and significant achievements within our special team.

“The challenges are never ending, but it’s important we take stock and appreciate the phenomenal people we have at Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service; they never cease to amaze me and it is a privilege to be Chief Fire Officer of this fine service.”

The winners of the awards were:

  • Community Contribution Award – Workington Fire Cadets, for their contribution to community, charity and for achieving second place in the National Fire Cadet Games in Merseyside.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award – Johnathan Hurst, for his work supporting on-call stations in the south of the county and going above and beyond every day.
  • Unsung Hero – Alasdair Guthrie, for his unwavering positive attitude to everything he faces and consistently representing the service’s values and standards.
  • Fundraisers of the Year – Egremont Fire Station, for raising £2,290 for The Firefighters’ Charity with a Bucket Challenge from Egremont to Whitehaven.
  • Inspirational Leader Award – Karl Read, for showing positive influence and strong leadership at Arnside Station.
  • Team of the Year Award – People and Talent, for demonstrating innovation, professionalism and unwavering commitment to the success of the service.
  • Outstanding Contribution – Brian Steadman, for being a remarkable source of inspiration for the entire service, and embodying the core code of ethics, demonstrating a commitment to going above and beyond on a daily basis. Rick Ogden said: “Brian embodies all that is good about Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.”

The following people received long-service awards:

  • 35 years’ service – Julie Coulthard, Operational Resourcing Coordinator
  • Long Service Good Conduct Medals (20 years) – David Lindsay, John Marshall, Luiza Oliver, Carl Pearson, Stephen Reid, Darren Russell, Mark Sharpe, Michael Tallentire, Adam Walker, Andrew Warwick.

The following people received Chief Fire Officer Commendations:

  • Lewis Thomas, who delivered first aid and CPR to a teenager who had fallen unconscious in Carlisle, and kept the teenager stable until the ambulance arrived. Lewis’ selflessness, servitude and courage epitomise the values and spirit of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service. There is no doubt that the professionalism demonstrated by Lewis was fundamental in helping save the life of the teenager.
  • Sarah Pratt and Lynsey Rumney, who performed CPR on a gentleman who had suffered cardiac arrest outside Carlisle United Football Club, and continued to do until the ambulance arrived. Sarah and Lynsey, who play for neighbouring Carlisle Cougars Rugby Club, had received CPR training at their club from our Carlisle crews earlier in the season.