Dacorum and St Albans volunteer recognised

Published: 27 Jun 2018

A volunteer dedicated to protecting Hertfordshire residents from fires won the District Volunteer of the Year award at a special ceremony held at County Hall last week.

Mark Boxer was named Hertfordshire County Council’s District Volunteer of the Year for Dacorum and St Albans at the ninth annual awards ceremony for Community Protection volunteers.

The awards celebrated the successes of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards volunteers, and the staff who work with them.

Mark started volunteering with the fire service in September 2017 and since doing so has made a significant contribution to the success of the scheme in the St Albans and Dacorum districts. He has been consistent in his support for the other volunteers and fire service staff, taking on a wide range of jobs and quickly learning how to carry them out.

The volunteers were presented with their awards by Chief Fire Officer and Director of Community Protection Darryl Keen.

Darryl said: “These awards are the service’s way of recognising and thanking committed volunteers for their fantastic work in the community. All of our volunteers give up their free time to protecting Hertfordshire residents from dangers such as fire, counterfeit goods and rogue traders. We are extremely proud and grateful to them, and the staff who work with them, for everything that they do.”

Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “This year marks the Community Protection volunteer scheme’s tenth anniversary and these awards are the perfect way to celebrate the fantastic work of our Community Protection volunteers. They have made a huge difference over the years, working with the operational crews and community safety teams to increase the number of people we can reach with safety advice and practical help.”

To find out about the Hertfordshire Year of Volunteering, and all our volunteering opportunities, visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/volunteering