Fire and Rescue staff recognised in New Year Honours

Huge congratulations from the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) to all those who have received a New Year’s Honour from the Queen.

The list below highlights those honoured who work in fire and rescue services.

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

Honours for services including those to the fire and rescue services, fire safety and to the community were awarded to the following:

Awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Dr Brian Derek WARD  Head, National Resilience Assurance Team. For services to the Fire and Rescue Service and National Resilience

Awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Robin Iffla, SFRS Board Member, services to equality & community cohesion in Scotland.

Ms Donna Joanne FINCH, Community Development and Safeguarding Manager, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults in the community

Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Peter Kenneth CLARKE, For services to the community in Croydon through the Crossfire Team, London Fire Brigade

Simon James JAKEMAN Firefighter, London Fire Brigade. For services to Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in the London Fire Brigade.

Prithipal Singh KANG For services to Fire and Rescue Awareness and Community Cohesion in North Kent.

Awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM)

BENNETT, Alex
Lately, Chief Fire Officer (Retired July 2016) Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service

MCILWAINE Trevor
Group Manager, Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service

THELWELL Jason
Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive
Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

DAVIES Christopher
Chief Fire Officer, Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service

BELL Ian,
Watch Manager Ian Bell, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

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