Awards for people at the HEART of the community

Published: 26 Nov 2018

The achievements of Hertfordshire County Council’s community protection staff were recognised at the ninth annual HEART awards on Friday 16 November.


The awards highlighted the contributions to community safety made by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hertfordshire Resilience, Trading Standards and the County Community Safety Unit, as well as partner agencies.


Some highlights of the night include Watch Commander Helen Antrobus being awarded Employee of the Year, Fire Protection honoured for Team Performance of the Year, and Royston and Hoddesdon fire stations winning wholetime and on-call station of the year respectively.


Darryl Keen, Director of Community Protection and Chief Fire Officer, said: “It was a real privilege for me to be presenting the HEART awards and to be able to personally thank the people working day after day to keep Hertfordshire residents safe.

“The team within the Community Protection Directorate work tirelessly to make Hertfordshire a safer place. While much of our work is now preventative, there are times when our staff risk their own safety for the sake of others and I’m extremely proud and grateful for everything they do to keep Hertfordshire residents safe and to respond to emergencies when they occur.

“The standard of nominations gets higher every year, and while all the nominations were excellent, the winners were all extremely deserving of their awards.

“I would like to congratulate all of the nominees for their continued hard work and I look forward to seeing them celebrate more successes in the years to come.”


Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “The HEART awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the excellent work that is taking place across Hertfordshire and to thank those who have been involved. Everyone who was nominated for an award has made a huge contribution to their community and they should all be very proud of their achievements.”


The awards were made possible by our event sponsors APB Mobile Installations Ltd, Capita, Gartan and Scania as well as our award sponsors, who provided funding to ensure the work of our staff was recognised.


The HEART Award winners of 2018 are:


Wholetime Station of the Year – Royston Fire Station


On Call Station of the Year – Hoddesdon Fire Station


Employee of the Year – Helen Antrobus


Community Safety Initiative – Robbie Lea Partnership


Innovation Award – Watch Commander Simon Dredge


Martin Graham Sporting Achievement Award – Bishops Stortford 100 Mile FFC Charity Team


Most Successful Partnership Initiative Award – Operation Amber


Carbon Reduction and Sustainability Award – Rickmansworth


Community Award – The Prince’s Trust


Star of Stars – Watch Commander David Smith


Team Performance of the Year – Fire Protection