Published On: Wed, Aug 22nd, 2012

Northamptonshire’s Fire and Rescue Service Award for Bozeat Balloon

THE heroic efforts of emergency service workers when a hot air balloon became entangled in live power lines at Bozeat received a prestigious award watched by millions of television viewers.

Northamptonshire’s Fire and Rescue Service has won a special BBC 999 Award for its efforts during the incident in March this year.

The team involved in the dramatic rescue received its honour on live primetime television during the special programme to honour the work of Britain’s emergency services.

And part of their award was a revamp of their station’s mess hall – courtesy of former England rugby star, Matt Dawson.

The event was hosted by Kirsty Young and Lenny Henry at BBC Television Centre, with a host of celebrity names paying tribute to the heroic acts that officers and volunteers perform on a daily basis.

Northamptonshire County Council’s Cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection Andre Gonzalez de Savage is delighted the rescue team’s work has been recognised.

He said: “This was a challenging and complicated rescue which saw the firefighters working closely with the power supply company, engineers, the police and ambulance services to make sure the passengers were rescued safely.

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