SFRS community firefighter Kevin Philip with his Evening Telegraph Spirit of Dundee Award
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service community firefighter Kevin Philip has been presented with the prestigious Spirit of Dundee Award at the inaugural staging of the Evening Telegraph Community Spirit Awards.
The Evening Telegraph Community Spirit Awards was introduced by DC Thomson’s to act as a platform for the city to say thank you to those who have made a real difference to people’s lives.
And the service narrowly missed out on two more awards on the night with the Dundee Prevention Team and Safe Drive Stay Alive Team both listed as finalists in the Uniform Services Award and Safer Streets Awards sections respectively.
Kevin Phillip’s award recognised an “outstanding individual or group who, through a lifetime of service or by an act of kindness or philanthropy, exemplifies the essence of the people of Dundee.”
He said: “I’m chuffed to bits to have been given the Spirit of Dundee award. It’s lovely to have this recognition, especially as I’m Dundee born and bred.
“I really enjoy both my work for SFRS, helping to share a wide range of safety messages with local communities, and my involvement with voluntary organisations in my spare time.
“I always feel that if you have the time you should do what you can to help others, as there are always a wide range of groups looking for support. The rewards from being involved with these organisations are immense and personally I think it’s fantastic to have the chance to work with others who otherwise might be struggling for help.”
He added: “Thank you to everyone from the Service who nominated me, and also to all those at the Evening Telegraph and the Caird Hall for organising a fantastic night of celebration for all those who work hard to help others in Dundee.”
Group Manager for Dundee, Martin Tait, said: “We are very proud of Kevin and delighted to see his hard work and dedication recognised in this way.
“He has been a member of the fire service now for 23 years, where he has worked tirelessly as a firefighter promoting the organisation’s values and messages to the community as a whole.
“He was heavily involved in Safe Drive Stay Alive road safety events held over the last two years, which is a programme designed to raise road safety awareness with school pupils/students who are preparing to become learner drivers.”
Kevin has worked with projects such as Princess Trust and Fire College and helped students to become more confident in themselves, thus improving their life and communication skills.
He is also an instructor with the Sea Cadets and has worked for many years with young people to help them develop essential life skills. He successfully co-ordinated and delivered the Safe Drive Stay Alive production allowing this to be delivered to approximately 9,000 pupils/ students over the last two years and having a positive impact on road safety.
Kevin was also a former Voluntary Youth worker with Dundee City Council and made a positive impact with the people he worked with and was an active Fire Setters Re-education programme counsellor. His work in this field has had a positive impact on those referred to the programme and reduced re-offending.
Group Manager Tait also praised the other nominations put forward by the SFRS that were shortlisted as finalists for the awards, saying: “Our two other nominations also deserve massive credit for their work and even to be shortlisted as finalists is commendable. These awards highlight the commitment our staff and our partners put in to making our communities safer and I would like to thank each and every one of them for the work they undertake.”
The awards provide an opportunity to tell the stories of those who work tirelessly to make a difference in their local community and to inspire others to do the same.
Although they did not win on the night SFRS’s Dundee Prevention Team were finalists for the Uniform Services Award, which was awarded to a team or individual within the uniform services who has provided exceptional service, care or bravery to make our communities safer.
The Safe Drive Stay Alive Team were finalists in the Safer Streets Award section, which rewards individuals or groups who have worked to improve safety in their community.
The Community Spirit awards ceremony took place at the Caird Hall in Dundee last Friday.
The nominations were as follows:
Safer Streets Award — Community Safety Wardens, Safe Drive Stay Alive (SFRS) and Sharon Dickie and Alice La Rooy, of Friends of Magdalen Green’s Roseangle Playpark Campaign.
Uniform Services Award — Dundee Prevention Team (SFRS), Police Scotland Youth Volunteers and Special Constable Marshall Moyes.
Spirit of Dundee Award — Community Firefighter Kevin Phillip (SFRS), Bharatiya Ashram at the Dudhope Centre, The Food Train and Yvonne Mullen.
SFRS also chose to support the 'Good Neighbour Award' which honours those incredible and selfless individuals or groups in our communities who dedicate themselves to helping others in their neighbourhood.
Martin Tait added: “This is something that is of particular relevance to the SFRS as we encourage members of our community to be more involved in some our safety campaigns such as 'Join Scotland's Fight Against Fire' which encourages our communities to be more involved in identifying and addressing the needs of themselves and others.”
For a full list of nominations and to find out more about the Evening Telegraph’s Community Spirit Awards go to http://www.communityspirits.dctevents.com/
SFRS Prevention Team from Dundee
The SFRS Safe Drive Stay Alive Team