Chris was appointed Chief Fire Officer in 2012 before retiring earlier this year. During the course of his career, Chris led on a number of projects for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service including the Regional Control Centre Project and secured government approval for the North West on the Private Finance Initiative project to deliver 16 new fire stations across Lancashire, Merseyside and Cumbria.
“It is a great honour to be awarded an OBE and to be recognised for my work in the fire and rescue service over the last 40 years.
“This honour is not just a reflection of my work but it is also recognition for my former colleagues at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
“As Chief Fire Officer in Lancashire, I was delighted that in my final year the Service was rated as one of the best, if not, the best, by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service received an outstanding for promoting the right cultures and values and did not have any areas requiring improvement.
“It has been the professionalism of the staff in Lancashire that set us apart from other organisations and the reason that the Service is held in such high regard by its communities and partners.
“Finally, I would like to thank my family and friends who have supported me during my career.”
Chief Fire Officer, Justin Johnston, adds:
“I congratulate Chris for receiving an OBE, it is well deserved and not only recognises his work with the Service but also for the contribution he has made to the Fire Fighters Charity during the course of his career.”