Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Mark Jones, has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, which were published this evening by the Cabinet Office.
Mark, 52, who lives in Milton Keynes, said: “I am delighted to have been honoured in this way. I hope that the award is recognition of the fantastic outcomes that Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has achieved for the people of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
“The men and women of this service have worked tirelessly to reduce our costs while delivering high quality safety services to those we serve and protect. I am proud of their efforts, and know that their achievements will continue for many years to come.
“Not everyone has been supportive of all of the changes we have enacted or all of the stances we have taken, but no-one can deny that this is one of the best fire and rescue services in the UK. It enjoys very high levels of both public and firefighter safety, and is also the lowest cost fire and rescue service in England to its council tax-payers.
“The key to those successes has been the support of Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority. I would like to thank its members for supporting the ideas and initiatives that have gained us such success and recognition.”
Mark was appointed Chief Fire Officer at the start of 2010, having previously worked for Essex Fire & Rescue Service. He started his career at Grampian Fire Brigade in 1985. He served in HM Fire Service Inspectorate for Scotland for two years from 2001 to 2003.
He has previously worked on European Union and United Nations committees and is recognised internationally as an authority on fire policy development and emergency planning. He remains influential in policy development both within the UK and globally.
There were also Queen’s Fire Service Medals for Paul Hancock, Chief Fire Officer of Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service, Jon Hall, former Chief Fire Officer of Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service, and Richard Lawrence, Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service.