The exceptional bravery and dedication of more than 70 Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service staff has been recognised.

The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Recognition Awards 2023, took place on Saturday December 2, and honoured 78 individuals for their commitment and acts of bravery.

Some of those recognised also included call handlers and members of the public.

More than 150 guests were invited to the Training and Safety Centre in Bury, along with Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mrs Diane Hawkins JP LLB, and the Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester, Kate Green.

The Bolton News: Deputy mayor of Greater Manchester, Kate Green, said: “It was an honour to witness such achievements being celebrated at the Recognition Awards.

“I’m proud to be part of the event and hear people’s stories while they were celebrating with family, friends, and colleagues.

“The awards really demonstrated the range and diverse mix of work that GMFRS carries out.”

The awards featured two categories: the Certificate of Outstanding Performance, and the prestigious Chief Fire Officer’s Commendation.

A total of 19 nominations, covering a combined total of 78 people, were received from stations across Greater Manchester, all demonstrating tenacity, determination, and professionalism.

The Bolton News: Chief Fire Officer Dave Russel said: “Thank you and congratulations to all the recipients of the Chief Fire Officer’s Commendations and Certificates of Outstanding Performance.

“The exceptional service and commitment to keeping our community safe, embodies the spirit of our profession.”