Richmond firefighter shortlisted for award — and public urged to help him win!

Temporary Crew Manager Jon Hancock.

A Richmond firefighter has been shortlisted for a prestigious award, with the public urged to help him win by voting.

Temporary crew manager Jon Hancock has already won North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s firefighter of the year award and is now in the running for the service’s public choice award.

The firefighter has been the lead instructor for Richmond’s fire cadets for the past two years, mentoring 12 students through their BTEC qualification in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community’.

In addition to his on-station work, he has organised and supported the students to undertake other activities including numerous charitable fund raisers and service community safety events:

  • Raising over £2,500 for charities such as The Fire Fighters Charity, Muscular Sclerosis UK, Ukraine Aid Appeal and other local charities.
  • Completed a charity ladder climb to the equivalent height of Mount Everest raising £600 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and The Fire Fighters Charity.
  • Water and road safety campaigns at several events including Hunton Steam Gathering and Richmond Emergency Services show.

Jon has also been heavily involved with youth engagement within the district.

He planned and organised a week’s work experience programme for two fire cadets, who have ambitions to become on-call and eventually wholetime firefighters.

He has organised and delivered several ‘day in the life’ courses to The Prince’s Trust..

He has also organised an ongoing Christmas toy appeal with local shops, communities and schools to supply presents to underprivileged children in the area. Part of this involved created a Santa’s Grotto experience within the station for the local children to receive their gift.

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