A pioneering Derry fire-fighting commander has been named as Northern Ireland’s Emergency Person of the Year.
Western Area Station Commander Kieran Doherty lifted the prestigious award at the first ever NI Road Safety Emergency Person of the Year Award at Cultra Manor on the outskirts of Belfast at the weekend.
To receive this accolade as the inaugural NI Road Safety Awards Emergency Person of the Year is extremely humbling.Kieran Doherty
Kieran, who is based at Crescent Link Fire Station in the Waterside, has been working for the Fire & Rescue Service for 29 years in a number of operational positions across the organisation.
The majority of his career has been dedicated to serving local people in the Derry area, and to responding to fires, road traffic collisions and other emergency incidents.
One of Kieran’s highlights was the formation of a partnership in Derry to address local road safety concerns.
The partnership comprises local Police and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) members, the PSNI, Ambulance Service, Youth Justice Agency, a local funeral director and volunteer actor.
The agencies involved work together to develop a hard-hitting educational programme called ‘Your Choice’ which is currently being delivered in schools, colleges and at local community events in the area.
‘Your Choice’ has been cited as an excellent example of the consequences of a road traffic collision, highlighting the effects a road traffic accident can have on not only those directly affected, but also those first responders to the scene and the local community.
The Fire & Rescue service said Kieran has been instrumental in developing and delivering the campaign and has played a central role in establishing the partnership.
Speaking after receiving his award, he said; “To receive this accolade as the inaugural NI Road Safety Awards Emergency Person of the Year is extremely humbling.
“The various road safety partners that I engage with on a regular basis, resulting in the culmination of the ‘Your Choice’ initiative that has helped to educate and inform young people across the city on the dangers of reckless driving should also acknowledge their efforts on my receipt of this award.
“I would also like to thank my colleagues across the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service for their contribution in helping to reduce serious road traffic collisions across the greater Derry area by their engagement with roads users.”