APD control room awards enter third year


Finalists have been announced for the 2020 Control Room Awards.

Mike Isherwood and fellow judge Teri Seaber
Mike Isherwood and fellow judge Teri Seaber
According to organisers APD, this year saw a total of almost 400 nominations, received from 80 organisations. The awards - which are now in their third year - are intended to “shine a light on individuals and teams who go above and beyond in their roles every day.” The full list of nominees can be viewed here.

Speaking of the importance of the awards, APD managing director Mike Isherwood said: “Judging the Control Room Awards is not an easy task. How do you decide which is more worthy of recognition – saving a choking baby, talking someone out of suicide, guiding a family to safety in a house fire, or locating someone at sea when they have no reference points?

“I admit to shedding tears, feeling uplifted, a little bit nauseous, angry and much more, while going through the incredible entries. [Control room operators] go about their work, saving lives quietly in the background and without fuss. They are all winners and they never cease to amaze me.”

Alongside Isherwood, the judging panel also included: BAPCO CEO Ian Thompson; chair of the National Ambulance Charity, Sue Noyes; telent’s Barry Zielinski; ICCRA vice chairman Chris Dreyfus-Gibson; and Teri Seaber, formerly of Cambridgeshire and Suffolk Fire and Rescue Services.

The awards ceremony will take place at Jury’s Inn, Hinckley Island, Leicestershire, on March the 5th.

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