NFCC Chair congratulates all those who have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours


The Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has congratulated all those who have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours from Fire and Rescue Services.

Once again, staff from across the FRS have received a prestigious honour – with some recognised for their contribution in helping to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Offering his heartfelt congratulations, NFCC Chair Mark Hardingham said: “It is a real privilege to receive a prestigious honour from Her Majesty the Queen.

“I am very proud as Chair of the NFCC to see so many FRS colleagues on this year’s list. Not only have the last 15 months brought real challenge for fire services in terms of supporting the pandemic, we have also witnessed outstanding achievements across all areas of work -ranging from prevention and protection, to operational response and ably dealing with large-scale incidents, as well as the wide breadth of other work which is done each and every day.

"The response to the pandemic has been incredible with a wide variety of life-saving additional activities undertaken. This has ranged from helping vulnerable people, supporting the vaccination programme – with more than 330,000 vaccinations administered, along with thousands of hours of direct support - to assisting ambulance trusts, social care partners and many other organisations on the front line.

“This commitment and dedication comes as no surprise and I am proud to be part of our close knit fire and rescue services. I would also like to take this opportunity to recognise the outstanding work of all fire and rescue service staff, which is clearly evident to the communities they so ably serve 365 days a year.”

The list below highlights people from fire and rescue services who have received a Queen’s Birthday Honour.

BEM (British Empire Medal)
  • Jessica Grayson: Watch Manager Control, South Yorkshire FRS. For services to Mental Health.
  • Bernadette McKiernan: Crew Manager, Humberside FRS. For services to the community.
QFSM (Queen’s Fire Service Medal)
  • Antony Darren Clark, Watch Manager, Humberside FRS, For services to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Fleur Holland, Firefighter, South Yorkshire FRS. For services to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Darryl Anthony Keen, Chief Fire Officer, Hertfordshire FRS. For exemplary service to the fire service.
  • Alex Johnson, Chief Fire Officer, South Yorkshire FRS.  For distinguished service in the fire service.
  • Stephen Apter, Deputy Chief Officer, Hampshire FRS. For exemplary service in a Principle Officer capacity, at four FRSs.
  • Rose Elizabeth Fearnley, Watch Manager, North Yorkshire FRS. For services to North Yorkshire FRS and their most remote communities.
  • Carole Glendinning, Firefighter Control, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • John Miller, Deputy Assistant Chief Officer, Head of Service Delivery West Area, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Ronald McIntyre, Watch Commander – Training Instructor, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Honours are decided by an honours committee. These then go to the Prime Minister and on to the Queen.

  • The Honours system recognises people who have:
  • Made achievements in public life
  • Committed themselves to serving and helping Britain
  • Have made life better for other people
  • Be outstanding at what they do
  • Make a difference to their community or field of work
  • Long-term voluntary service
  • Improve life for people less able to help themselves
  • Display moral courage



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