Train naming honour for emergency services who fought Nottingham Station fire

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service staff with their naming plate for the train.

The emergency services who tackled the Nottingham Station fire have been honoured at a special train naming ceremony.

One month on from the fire East Midlands Trains will be fit one of its high speed trains with two special nameplates to honour Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and British Transport Police.

The train runs on the Nottingham to London route, carrying thousands of passengers each day.

Representatives from both organisations as well as other groups involved in dealing with the fire attended the event on Monday at the station.

The January 12 blaze, which started in the women’s toilet block, badly damaged the station’s southern concourse area but no-one was hurt.

Jake Kelly, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, said: “As we recover from the impact of the fire at Nottingham and start to repair the damage to the station, we remain truly grateful for all the support from the emergency services, our partners and the local community during extremely challenging circumstances.”

British Transport Police staff with their naming plate.

Councillor Brian Grocock, chairman of Nottinghamshire Fire Authority, said: “We are very proud at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to be honoured in this way and would like to thank East Midlands Trains for this recognition.

“Responding to the incident involved staff from across the service as well as a number of partner agencies, all playing an important role in lessening the impact of the fire on this iconic building.  We want to accept this honour on behalf of all those involved, both at the time of incident as well as during the recovery phase.”

The train has a naming plate for both services.

Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “I know my officers will probably say they were just doing their jobs, but the fact is they don’t always get the praise they deserve for putting themselves in danger every day, in order to protect the public, and it can be easy to take them for granted.

“Being honoured in this way means a lot to them, and to all BTP officers and staff who are incredibly proud of our colleagues. I am thrilled that East Midlands Trains have chosen to show their appreciation in such a thoughtful and fitting way.”

Smoke billowing out from the train station during the fire. (Picture: @nottsfire)

East Midlands Trains and Network Rail are continuing to work with a team of contractors to determine the scope and timescales involved in re-opening the Southern Concourse, where most of the damage was caused.

The company said an update on the re-opening of the Southern Concourse will be provided “in due course”.  All other areas of the station are now fully operational.

A woman arrested in connection with the fire has since been released under investigation.

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