National award for fire service

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FALKLANDS war hero Simon Weston presented an award to South Yorkshire fire service for its work to recognise mental health issues in young people.

The former soldier, who suffered severe burns in the Falklands, presented the ‘Champion Award’ for the Mental Health First Aid charity.

It was a recognition of a partnership between South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and NHS Rotherham, where frontline fire service staff receive training in how to spot signs of mental health problems.

Watch manager Steve Wood, who received the award at the House of Lords, said: “We’re very proud of our partnership with NHS Rotherham.

“Through our community work we probably have more one-to-one contact with people in their own homes than any other agency, so it makes sense we’re given additional skills which could ultimately lead to someone receiving the help that they need.”