Hertsmere and Welwyn Hatfield volunteers recognised

Published: 27 Jun 2018

Two volunteers 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.

James Stephenson and Penina Kahtan were both recognised 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.

James Stephenson was named Hertfordshire County Council’s District Volunteer of the Year for Hertsmere and Welwyn Hatfield James is described by colleagues as a reliable member of the team at Potters Bar, who always goes above and beyond what is expected of him. James proactively seeks opportunities to serve the community to make Hertsmere, Welwyn and Hatfield a safer place to live, work rest and play.

Also recognised was Penina Kahtan, a volunteer with the Community Horse Patrol (CHIPS). Penina was the first CHiPs volunteer who signed up for the Hertsmere, Welwyn and Hatfield district. Since November 2017, Penina and Benji (her trusty steed) have gone above and beyond the expectations we would expect of a CHiPs rider, on top of contributing approximately 50 hours of her own time to the scheme.

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