15 August 2012

Northamptonshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service has been nominated for a BBC 999 Award.

For the first time on television, the BBC 999 Awards will honour the work of Britain’s Emergency Services. The awards will be hosted by Kirsty Young and Lenny Henry at BBC Television Centre, with a host of celebrity names ready to pay tribute to the heroic acts that officers and volunteers perform on a daily basis.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has been nominated for an award for a rescue operation carried out in March this year, when a hot air balloon became entangled amidst live power lines at Bozeat near Wellingborough.

Cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage 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.

“It’s an honour for the team to be nominated for a BBC 999 Award and I’m looking forward to watching the awards ceremony on Thursday night.”

The BBC 999 Awards are due to be broadcast this Thursday (16th) August at 8pm on BBC 1.