BBC One's 999 Awards to honour Emergency Service heroes

This just felt like a show that needed to be made. It promises to be a night filled with dramatic, inspiring and heart-warming stories celebrating Britain’s real life heroes.”Mirella Breda, Executive Editor, Entertainment Commissioning
Date: 24.05.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.51
Category: BBC One
BBC One is proud to announce the launch of The BBC 999 Awards. For the first time on television, the BBC will honour the heroes of Britain’s Emergency Services in an event that recognises the tireless work they do.

Since the 999 emergency number came in to action 75 years ago, the Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance, Coastguard and Mountain Rescue services have saved millions of lives. The BBC 999 Awards aim to acknowledge the heroic acts that the officers and volunteers of the emergency services perform on a daily basis.

Over the course of the evening, awards will be presented to members of each of the five emergency and rescue services and to specific teams and individuals whose actions exceed the call of duty to help save lives and ensure the public’s safety. Awards will be given to the most outstanding:

  • Police Officer
  • Paramedic
  • Fire & Rescue Worker
  • Coastal Rescuer
  • Mountain Rescuer
  • Emergency Volunteer
  • 999 Operator
  • Local Hero

The BBC 999 Awards will also honour select teams and individuals, with Special Recognition Awards aimed at people who have performed beyond the call of duty in exceptional circumstances.

The BBC 999 Awards was commissioned by the BBC’s Executive Editor, Entertainment Commissioning, Mirella Breda. It is being produced in-house at the BBC with executive producer Clare Pizey and series editor Chris Walley.

Mirella Breda said: “This just felt like a show that needed to be made. It promises to be a night filled with dramatic, inspiring and heart-warming stories celebrating Britain’s real life heroes.”

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