Port of Tilbury Police makes national first aid award shortlist

THE PORT of Tilbury Police Force has been shortlisted in the Public Sector and Not-For-Profit category at the second St John Ambulance First Aid Awards.

They’ll find out if they’ve been successful at a glittering event in London on Monday 19 November, hosted by survival expert Ray Mears who has himself used first aid many times.

It is set to be an inspirational occasion, showcasing first aid success stories across the country.

Port of Tilbury Police Force

More than 200 years old and previously known as the Port of London Police, this small, specialised force is responsible for policing the Port of Tilbury. This private police force has been carrying out first aid duties for many years and at one time even ran its own ambulance service. The Port of Tilbury is a very busy and industrial working environment, so Tilbury’s port police train alongside the port’s own staff and achieve exceptional levels of retraining and updates.

Perry Glading, Chief Operating Officer of Forth Ports, owners of the Port of Tilbury, said: “We are delighted that the Port of Tilbury police force has been shortlisted at the St John Ambulance First Aid Awards. Health and Safety is a prime consideration for us and we value highly the service that this dedicated police force provides. We wish them the best of luck for the awards.”

The awards were first launched in July last year to celebrate individuals, businesses and communities that are leading the way in first aid. Trophies go to organisations who have exemplary first aid standards and heroes who have been the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

The Port of Tilbury Police Force is up against six other organisations in this category – including Staffordshire County Council and The Blue Cross – and is also battling it out to be recognised for the overall category of Organisation of the Year.

Awards at the celebratory black-tie awards dinner will be presented by celebrities including Dragons’ Den star and businessman Duncan Bannatyne, singer Michelle Heaton who needed first aid when she collapsed at a marathon and TV presenter Matthew Wright, whose life was saved when he choked.

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