WOW! recognises Cleveland Fire Brigade’s work in national awards

Cleveland Fire Brigade has won three national awards, including an individual award which recognises excellent customer service.

The Brigade won ‘Best Organisation in the Community’ and ‘Best Newcomer to the WOW! Awards’. Kelly Reed, Youth Engagement Co-ordinator based at Stranton Fire Station, also won the ‘WOW! You changed my life’ Award at an event on Monday.

Kelly was nominated by Michael Boagey for the help and guidance she gave him whilst he was part of the Young Firefighters Scheme, which is ran on an evening and weekend and aimed to give young people (13-17 year olds) opportunities to develop personally and socially using the Fire Brigade as a role model.

Michael said, “I nominated Kelly for the award as I can’t thank her enough for the help she has given me in a number of areas. She helped me control my behaviour and develop my social skills and in particular helped me with my literacy and writing skills as I struggled to read and write. Kelly pushed me and helped me to achieve my goals and further my skills to help me make something of myself in the future.”

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer said, “We are delighted to have won these wards that recognise efforts and hard work of everyone in our organisation. We are very proud of Kelly winning her individual award to which is a fantastic way to recognise those individuals, like Kelly, who go that extra mile and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Andy Fisher, an ambassador for Wow Awards, said, “When I visited Cleveland Fire Brigade I spoke to a number of very dedicated and professional people from the Brigade who were proud of their work across their communities.

“At Wow’s Gala Ceremony on 3 December I again witnessed a number of very dedicated and professional people who believe ‘they are only doing their job’, but to win three awards in an international field of both public and private sector takes some doing, so congratulations Cleveland Fire Brigade, you really wowed the judges!”

The WOW! Awards work with a various companies and organisations in the UK and worldwide, helping them to recognise exceptional work of their staff. You can also find out more about WOW! Awards by visiting

(Picture shows from left to right) Liz Lawrence, Denise Lee, Kelly Reed, Helen Williams and Davey Veitch