Stevenage firefighter is Employee of the Year

Published: 21 Nov 2017

Adam Laycock, a Watch Commander at Stevenage Fire Station, has been named Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Employee of the Year.

Adam was presented with the title at the eight annual HEART awards, held at Tewinbury Farm on Friday 17 November.

Darryl Keen, Chief Fire Officer and Director of Community Protection at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “I was delighted to present Adam with this award. Adam is not only an excellent operational firefighter, he’s a role model for our newer firefighters and does great work helping young people in the town.

Most recently, Adam was in charge of the first fire engine on the scene of the Newgrange care home fire. Faced with a serious and well developed fire, Adam made the crucial decisions that led to the successful rescue of dozens of vulnerable residents, undoubtedly saving many lives.”

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 to keep people healthy and safe, 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 HEART Awards were launched in 2009 to acknowledge the achievements of the county council’s Community Protection staff, made up of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Resilience, the Community Safety Unit and Trading Standards. They aim to recognise and reward these teams for the valuable contributions they make to Hertfordshire’s communities.