Brave James Receives Recognition for Voluntary Work

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Abellio Greater Anglia’s James Evans has received recognition for voluntary work he undertook during the recent severe weather.

Aside for his work on the railway as a conductor, James volunteers with the Essex County Fire & Rescue Service as part of their ‘safer communities’ team. It was in this capacity that he was recently invited to a reception at No.10, in recognition of his volunteer work during the floods.

James and his fellow volunteers were at the heart of ground-breaking intervention work aimed at reducing the devastating effects of the recent flooding.Their efforts in ensuring open water courses were cleared and residents were informed of flood risk and how to protect against it, ensured that communities in Maldon, Essex and other vulnerable coastal areas were safer and better prepared.

James was one of many volunteers who worked above and beyond the call of duty for two days in a physically demanding and emotionally charged intervention caused by flooding to family homes.

Just a few weeks prior to this, James offered his time to assist the army and emergency services with large scale evacuations in Jaywick and Maldon, Essex. James was one of the first volunteers to offer assistance and was placed on standby to be called out at a moment’s notice.
 
James regularly works to improve community resilience and in recognition of this work was nominated to attend the reception at No.10.
 
Anyone interested in volunteering opportunities with Essex County Fire & Rescue Service should contact the Volunteer Scheme Development Manager at [email protected].