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30-12-17

Fire and rescue staff recognised in New Year Honours

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) congratulates all those from the fire and rescue service recognised in the New Year Honours list 2018.

Chair of the NFCC, Roy Wilsher : 

“It is wonderful to see so many from the fire service being recognised for their achievements. So often it is above and beyond that which is expected of them but it’s work which makes a real difference to people’s lives within their local communities and beyond.”

These were decided by an honours committee; its decisions then go to the Prime Minister and then to the Queen, who awards the honours.

The Honours system recognises people who have:

  • made achievements in public life
  • committed themselves to serving and helping Britain

Nominations are judged on:

  • degree of risk
  • how aware the nominee was of the danger
  • persistence

The list below highlights to all those from the fire and rescue service who have received a New Year’s Honour from the Queen.

OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire)

Mr Andrew John FRY -  Lately Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. For services to the Fire and Rescue Service.

Mrs Lynne Marie SWIFT - Director of People and Organisational Development, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. For services to the Fire and Rescue Service.

MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire)

Mrs Jacqueline ADAMS-BONITTO - Head of Training Assurance, London Fire Brigade. For services to the Fire and Rescue Service and to Equality and Diversity.

Councillor Michele HODGSON - Lately Chair, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Authority. For services to Fire and Rescue.

Mrs Lindsey Ann ISAACS - Lately Head of Prevention, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Fire Prevention and Community Safety in Dorset.

Mrs Christine Elizabeth ROBSON - Watch Manager, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service. For services to the Fire and Rescue Service and the community in County Durham.

Mr Simon Charles RYDER - Watch Manager, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. For voluntary service to the Manchester Children's Burns Camp and Northern Burns Care Network.

BEM (British Empire Medal)

Mr David DENVIR - Watch Commander, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Fire Safety in Northern Ireland.

Mr Andrew Neil MARSHALLSAY - Fire Service Trainer, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. For voluntary service to the Fire Cadets Unit and the Fire Service Youth Training Association.

Mr Terry Stephen RIDGLEY -  Welfare Officer, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. For services to the Fire and Rescue Service and the Fire Fighters Charity.

QFSM (Queen’s Fire Service Medal)

James William Courtney -  Chief Fire Officer South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Karen Anne Soady - Watch Manager Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Paul Walker - Chief Fire Officer Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Philip John Loach - Chief Fire Officer West Midlands Fire Service

Russell Pearson - Chief Fire Officer Surrey Fire and Rescue Service     

Gordon Brown - Firefighter, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service                                                                            

The NFCC also extends congratulations to Craig Thomas MACKEY, QPM Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service, for his Knighthood for services to Policing, and to Philip McDougall RUTNAM Permanent Secretary, Home Office for his KCB (Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath).

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