Tim Murrell awarded Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Tim Murrell has been awarded a Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List which was announced on Wednesday evening.

Tim joined the service in 1989 and has worked at fire stations across the county as well as Service Headquarters. He has made an outstanding contribution to the fire and rescue service sector, but particularly, in Lancashire over the last decade through his innovation, dedication and voluntary work.

Tim has been a committed volunteer of Lancashire’s International Search and Rescue Team. Tim’s role saw him lead on training other volunteer firefighters and medics, plan for the team’s deployment into countries following natural disasters or major incidents and he has overseen the deployment of teams of firefighters sent to Haiti, India and Japan.

As the service’s Head of Response and Emergency Planning, Tim worked tirelessly during the COVID pandemic. Without the work of Tim, Lancashire would have not been able to provide personal protective equipment to social and health care workers in Lancashire as quickly as it happened. Tim galvanised volunteers from the fire service to create space to unload and load lorries full of PPE and he arranged for the face fit testing of masks at fire service locations.

He took the lead across the service working seven days a week to ensure that the service had enough staff to keep fire engines available, whilst he implemented the roll out of lateral flow tests to all staff in the service and played a crucial role in Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service becoming the first fire and rescue service in the country to help in the vaccination programme.

Chief Fire Officer Justin Johnston says:

“I am delighted that Tim has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Tim has been instrumental in the service’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and in the introduction of drones. He has worked with many other fire and rescue services to help them establish a drone team and this has led to an increase of firefighter safety and lives being saved.”

Lancashire Combined Fire Authority Chairman, County Councillor David O’Toole adds:

“On behalf of The Combined Fire Authority members, I congratulate Tim on his tremendous achievement. It is testament to his dedication and leadership over the last 33 years and I thank Tim for this significant contribution he has made to making Lancashire safer.”