Fire station named best in Suffolk

Elmswell firefighters with their award for best fire station in the county. In the fire engine left to right is firefighter Mark Proctor and firefighter Nick Mitchell. Front left to right - firefighter Steven Reid, watch manager Brian Hawes and crew manager Trevor Hill.

Elmswell firefighters with their award for best fire station in the county. In the fire engine left to right is firefighter Mark Proctor and firefighter Nick Mitchell. Front left to right - firefighter Steven Reid, watch manager Brian Hawes and crew manager Trevor Hill.

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A VILLAGE fire station, which has raised more than £30,000 for local charities, has been recognised as the best in Suffolk.

Since 2004, Elmswell’s firemen have held car washes, open days and collections to raise funds for good causes, including sports clubs, schools, play groups and Elmswell’s over 60s Club.

Last Wednesday, in an awards ceremony at the new Ipswich East fire station, the Elmswell team was among others working for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to be recognised, when it was presented with the award for best fire station in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the community – it is the second time in three years the station has received the award.

Watch Manager Brian Hawes, said: “Its nice to be recognised and appreciated for the work that we do. The firemen in Elmswell have a high profile and we are well supported.”