Tipperary Fire and Rescue Service had reason to celebrate recently as it was recognised at the recent National Safety Awards receiving the top award for its Safety Management System.
These National awards, which are jointly organised by the National Irish Safety Organisation, NISO, and the Northern Ireland Safety Group honour those that have visibly excelled in their pursuit of workplace safety. The award reinforces the status of Tipperary Fire & Rescue Service as safety leaders within the Country. They have in past won the best New Entrant award in 2013 and the Best Public Service for the last four years running. Achieving the Supreme Award represents a whole new level and has been achieved on the back of some very hard work by all involved.
Councillor Mattie Ryan, Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council was presented with the award by Deputy Pat Breen, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection at the ceremony in Killarney. Speaking after the awards, Councillor Ryan said: “The safety and management award we are celebrating here today is another step in improving the overall standard of our safety performance and provide both service providers and the public with independent assurance of a high quality service. I would like to congratulate all involved in Tipperary County Council on this achievement.”
Chief Executive Joe MacGrath also congratulated the Chief Fire Officer and members of the Tipperary Fire Service on this historic achievement. "This is a significant achievement, not alone for the Fire Services but also for the entire organisation, and shows what can be achieved in health and safety through persistent hard work and dedication. In particular, the award signifies a very strong commitment to the safety of all in the Fire Services and the deep sense of pride and gratitude we all have for the work that is done every day in helping others".
Dave Carroll, Chief Fire Officer, Tipperary Fire and Rescue Services explained: “Our occupational health and safety management system paves the way for the best possible working conditions in our Service. I am delighted that our commitment in this area has been recognised with this award and I’d like to congratulate our Health and Safety Committee and all the members of our service for making this possible. I want to acknowledge that it is only by everybody engaging in the health and safety procedures and the culture that we set that we are able to achieve these awards. In winning this award we join an elite club of former winners which brings with it a challenge to not only retain but to further improve on our safety record".