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Firefighter’s community work in Crich blazes a trail

A Crich firefighter is blazing a trail after being given a special award for his contribution to the community.

Phil Dolby was presented with the Crich Area Community Award 2012 for his work as longest serving member of Crich Fete Committee; past chair of governors at Crich Junior School; running Crich Post Office for 29 years and service as a retained fireman.

He said: “It came as a total surprise.It is a pleasure to be part of such a fantastic community.”

Chief Fire Officer, Sean Frayne, said: “I cannot believe he has had time to fit everything in, he really is an inspiration.”

Phil, who is currently a Retained Watch Manager with Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, has been providing essential retained cover to Crich for 28 years. As well as being a Retained Firefighter, Phil has found the time to carry out many activities benefitting the Crich community.

The Crich Area Community Award 2012 was presented to Phil during a training evening at Crich Fire Station. The award, which came as a total surprise to Phil, is in recognition of his many years of service to the parish, including being treasurer and longest serving member of Crich Fete Committee for 18 years; serving as a past Chair of Governors at Crich Junior School; running Crich Post Office for 29 years and for his service as a retained Firefighter.

Presenting the engraved glass plaque on behalf of the Crich Community, Brian Gibbons also praised the Crich Crew, not only for their valued service as an emergency service, but also for their involvement in many activities in the Crich Area including visits to play schools, local schools and OAP organisations and many village events.

On receiving the award Phil Dolby said; “I am very proud to have received the Crich Area Community Award for 2012, even if it came as a total surprise.

“It is a pleasure to be part of such a fantastic community and an honour that they have chosen to award me in this way, for work that I love to do.”

Chief Fire Officer /Chief Executive, Sean Frayne said: “Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is extremely proud of Phil for being nominated and receiving this award.

“Phil is one of many retained Firefighters working in Derbyshire, who give their free time to provide an essential Fire and Rescue Service in their local area. Without people like Phil, Derbyshire simply wouldn’t have an ‘Excellent’ Fire and Rescue Service.

“Looking at the list of work that Phil has been acknowledged for, I cannot believe he has had time to fit everything in; he really is an inspiration.”

 

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