Cumbria Community Messaging recognised in public safety awards

Together Towards Success Awards 2012Cumbria County Council`s Fire and Rescue Service staff, volunteers and partners have been honoured for their life-saving work at the service’s sixth annual awards ceremony.

The Together Towards Success Awards, funded by Nuclear Management Partners (NMP), was held at Armathwaite Hall Country House and Spa at Bassenthwaite on Friday (12 October) to recognise individuals and teams who have gone beyond the call of duty in the interests of public safety.

Unlike previous years, there were no categories in the 2012 ceremony – nominations were scored by a panel of judges and the seven with the highest scores picked up awards.

One of the winners at this prestigious event was the Cumbria Community Messaging System (CCM) Team.  This was in recognition of its contribution to awards community safety in Cumbria and effective partnership working.

CCM offers people and communities across Cumbria updates via email, text or voicemail on local issues from crimes to major incidents and fire safety events. Set up in partnership between organisations including the police and CFRS and managed by the Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association, it now communicates messages to thousands of people around the county.
A recent survey of community messaging service users showed that being a member of Cumbria Community messaging made over 60% of respondents feel `a bit` or `much safer`. Respondents also indicated that their opinion of the police, Trading Standards, Fire and Rescue Service and Community Safety Partnerships had improved as a result of messages sent to them.

For more information and other winners visit the Cumbria County Council site:

Photo of some of the Cumbria Community Messaging Team

Left to right in photo above: Deputy Chief Fire Officer Ian Cartright, Councillor Gary Strong, Dr John Perkins, Valerie Ayre, Graham McKendry (General Manager of NMP (Nuclear Management Partners sponsors of event), Hellen Aitken (representing Lorrainne Smyth), Andy Baines, Chief Fire Officer Dominic Harrison.