Deputy Chief Fire Officer earns medal for flood efforts

By Beth Sharp Friday 20 June 2014 Updated: 20/06 10:50

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HEREFORD and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO) has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal.

Richard Lawrence, who has held the position since 2011, has been recognised for his distinguished service both locally and nationally.

The award, rarely given to DCFOs, was handed to Mr Lawrence for his amazing work helping to save thousands of properties and thousands more recover from the devastating floods of early 2014.

As well as being the DCFO, on a voluntary basis, Mr Lawrence is also the Chief Fire Officers Association’s National Capability Lead for High Volume Pumps (HVPs).

Mr Lawrence said: “I am very honoured and delighted to be awarded the QFSM.

“And, I’m extremely proud of the work the fire service does in protecting our communities and of all the dedicated staff who contribute to this both locally in Hereford and Worcester and across the country.”

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates added the award was richly deserved.

“Richard is an officer of the highest calibre.

“To alleviate wide-area flooding across the country he has worked tirelessly for many years to organise the country’s high volume pumping capability and I’m delighted his hidden work is being recognised.”

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