Student production wins top community fire safety award
September 20 2013
Senior Lecturers in Theatre, Television and Performance, Elen Mai Nefydd and Huw Garmon, picked up the Community Partnerships Safety Award from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service at a ceremony in Rhyl.
The University joined forces with the fire service and Wrexham County Safety Office to create a play focusing on arson and its impact on the community.
Crossfire was acted-out by Level Five students and directed by Huw.
The show played to secondary schools and teenagers from four local pupil referral units in the ‘old union’ building on the Plas Coch campus.
The performance was followed by an interactive workshop.
Receiving the prize, Elen said: “We’re delighted to receive this award and really enjoyed the ceremony. We’ve worked in partnership with the fire service for three years now; the first project was a series of student safety adverts for Facebook, and then earlier this year our students’ performances of Crossfire highlighted fire safety.
“We joined forces with Wrexham County Safety Office to create a play focusing on arson and its impact on the community. On the back of these initiatives we plan to work together again in the future.
“North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is making a bid for funding so we can take Crossfire out on tour, and we’re also looking to develop a corporate drama together. The future is looking very bright and it’s also very rewarding for us to be able to work together for the good of the local community and to try and push the message of fire safety among school pupils and the public.”
On the night, Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd, Harry George Fetherstonehough OBE, and chair of the North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor Meirick Lloyd Davies, also presented a Loyal Service award to a member of the support staff who completed 20 years’ service.
Seven Community Awards were also presented at the ceremony in order to recognise members of staff and the community who have worked hard to improve community safety in North Wales.
Simon Smith, Chief Fire Officer said: "Receiving a medal is an important occasion for every firefighter and this ceremony collectively represents over 100 years of commitment and dedication to the Fire and Rescue Service in North Wales. All recipients can take pride and satisfaction in receiving their Long Service and Good Conduct Medals or Loyal Service Awards.