British Transport Police and Firefighters honoured after station fire

British Transport Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were honoured at a special train naming ceremony yesterday ( 12 February ).

In recognition of the emergency services’ response to the fire at Nottingham railway station last month, East Midlands Trains has fitted one of its High Speed Trains (HST) power cars with two special nameplates.

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BTP Chief Constable Paul Crowther attended the ceremony along with BTP officers who were on duty on the day of the fire, including PC Bethany Wykes and PC Adam Ashton who were the first officers on the scene.

Representatives from each of the organisations involved in the response, which also included Nottingham Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service, Nottingham City Council, Network Rail and Rapid Relief, attended a train naming event this afternoon, in order for Jake Kelly, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, to thank them personally.  The name plates were officially unveiled by Councillor Brian Grocock, Chair of the Fire Authority, Chief Constable Paul Crowther and Jake Kelly.

Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “On behalf of British Transport Police, I’d like to thank East Midlands Trains for this touching acknowledgement of their gratitude to the Force.

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“We are delighted to receive this recognition for the outstanding work of our officers who responded to the fire at Nottingham railway station, alongside our colleagues in Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and other emergency services.

“I know my officers will probably say they were just doing their jobs, but the fact is they don’t always get the praise they deserve for putting themselves in danger every day, in order to protect the public, and it can be easy to take them for granted.

 

“Being honoured in this way means a lot to them, and to all BTP officers and staff who are incredibly proud of our colleagues. I am thrilled that East Midlands Trains have chosen to show their appreciation in such a thoughtful and fitting way.”

Jake Kelly, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, said: “As we recover from the impact of the fire at Nottingham and start to repair the damage to the station, we remain truly grateful for all the support from the emergency services, our partners and the local community during extremely challenging circumstances.

“In recognition of the valued work of the British Transport Police in Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, the team at East Midlands Trains has made a unanimous decision to name one of the power cars of our High Speed Trains after these two organisations at a special naming ceremony.

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“This will mean that every day people travelling between Nottingham and London will travel on a train bearing the name of these two organisations who provided such vital help during our time of need, and for which we remain indebted.  We hope this represents the gratitude of everybody at East Midlands Trains.”

Councillor Brian Grocock, Chair of the Fire Authority, said: “We are very proud at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to be honoured in this way and would like to thank East Midlands Trains for this recognition.  Responding to the incident involved staff from across the Service as well as a number of partner agencies, all playing an important role in lessening the impact of the fire on this iconic building.  We want to accept this honour on behalf of all those involved, both at the time of incident as well as during the recovery phase.”

The BTP investigation into the fire is ongoing. A 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of arson and has been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.

 

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