Award Categories

Here are the criteria for the categories in this year’s Spirit Of Fire awards.

Team of the year
Best newcomer of the year
Supporter of the year
Fire service of the year
Corporate supporter of the year
Lifetime achievement
Beneficiary of courage
Youth of courage
Adult hero
Firefighter of the year


TEAM OF THE YEAR

Awarded to a team that has supported the fire and rescue service community by raising funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Finalists should meet one of the following criteria:

  • A fire and rescue service team (such as a fire station, watch, workplace, or department) that has demonstrated exceptional teamwork and outstanding commitment to fundraising for The Fire Fighters Charity
  • Any team that has organised and/or participated in events in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity and achieved outstanding success in terms of fundraising and volunteering


BEST NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to an individual or team that has shown exceptional commitment in a newly undertaken fundraising or volunteer role/s for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Finalists should meet one of the following criteria:

  • A serving or retired member of the fire and rescue service community who has recently undertaken an active fundraising or volunteer role for The Fire Fighters Charity and has demonstrated exceptional commitment
  • An individual or team that brings enthusiasm and outstanding dedication to the Charity’s recognised volunteer and fundraising structure


SUPPORTER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to an individual who has given exceptional support and outstanding dedication to The Fire Fighters Charity in the past 12 months.

Finalists should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Outstanding dedication in helping members of the fire and rescue community
  • Innovation linked to success in the use of regional or national event fundraising – with quantifiable results that exceed fundraising targets
  • Exceptional commitment in volunteering for The Fire Fighters Charity, including the generous commitment of time, support, and inspiration


FIRE SERVICE OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the Fire and Rescue Service that has demonstrated a sustained effort in fundraising and volunteering for The Fire Fighters Charity over the course of the last 12 months to achieve an outstanding income per head.

Finalists should meet all of the following criteria:

  • A fire and rescue service that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to fundraising for The Fire Fighters Charity to achieve an outstanding level of income per head*
  • Proven achievements in volunteering for The Fire Fighters Charity to improve quality of life for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families
  • Organised and/or participated in successful events in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity across all levels of the organisation
    *Excluding income raised through Legacies and Trusts


CORPORATE SUPPORTER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to an organisation that has given exceptional support and outstanding dedication to The Fire Fighters Charity in the past 12 months.

Finalists should meet two or more of the following criteria:

  • An organisation that demonstrates an outstanding contribution to The Fire Fighters Charity, whether through fundraising or through longer-term strategic partnership
  • An organisation that understands the ethos of The Fire Fighters Charity and is aligned to its values
  • Proven achievements in volunteering for The Fire Fighters Charity to improve quality of life for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Awarded to an exceptional individual or unsung hero who has committed over 30 years to supporting The Fire Fighters Charity and has undertaken outstanding dedication by way of fundraising and volunteering.

Finalists should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated consistent dedication, professionalism and integrity throughout their fire service career and produced an identifiably profound effect on The Fire Fighters Charity
  • Organised and/or participated in significant events in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity
  • Proven achievements in fundraising and volunteering for The Fire Fighters Charity to improve quality of life for the fire and rescue community


BENEFICIARY OF COURAGE

Awarded to a member of the fire and rescue service community who has shown bravery and strength of character in the face of adversity.

Finalists must be known to the Charity and have accessed the Charity’s services. Finalists should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • A member of the fire service community who, when required to exhibit strength of character in the face of adversity, does so
  • Demonstrates inspirational achievements in recovering from a life-changing illness or injury
  • Overcomes a significant obstacle in his or her personal life and provides unwavering support to others despite challenging personal circumstances


YOUTH OF COURAGE

Awarded to a young person under the age of 18 who has shown remarkable bravery when confronted with a fire and rescue situation, or who has shown great courage in the face of personal adversity.

Finalists should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • A young person under the age of 18 (or group of individuals) that have risked their own safety to help others or have put themself in danger to save the life of another
  • A child or teenager who has instigated a successful resolution to a fire or rescue situation prior to the intervention of the local fire brigade
  • A young person who has shown bravery and strength of character in the face of personal adversity or has helped others through challenging times


ADULT HERO

Awarded to a member of the public over the age of 18 who has shown great bravery when confronted with a fire and rescue situation or carried out a courageous act of humanity.

Finalists should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • A member of the public over the age of 18 that has risked their own safety to help others or put themself in danger to save the life of another
  • A non-fire service adult who has instigated a successful resolution to a fire or rescue situation prior to the intervention of the local fire brigade


FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to a serving member of the fire and rescue service who has gone beyond the call of duty.

Finalists should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • A serving member of the UK’s fire and rescue service who has shown outstanding dedication and delivered quantifiable results that have exceeded the expectations of their role
  • An operational firefighter or other fire service employee that has performed an outstanding rescue or gone beyond the call of duty when confronted with a fire and rescue situation, whilst on duty or off-duty
  • A Control Room operator that has acted clearly and calmly in extreme circumstances, to identify what a situation requires, and has helped to save lives