17 June 2013

Chief fire officer Martyn Emberson has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Why has this been awarded?

The award, which is the highest accolade that can be achieved within the fire and rescue service, recognises Martyn for his services to fire and rescue and what has been achieved in Northamptonshire.

Since joining Northamptonshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service as Chief Fire Officer in 2006 Martyn has overseen significant changes within the service, steering the priority away from simply fighting fires towards preventing them occurring in the first place.

Initiatives such as home fire safety checks, education programmes and working with young people to stop anti-social behaviour has seen the number of emergency incidents half during his tenure.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has also been at the forefront of exploiting new technology such as COBRA which enables fires to be fought much fast and safer from outside the building, whilst also protecting the environment. This has propelled the service and the county to global prominence with many fire services from around the world visiting Northamptonshire and following our example.

Successful partnership working has also been at the heart of new ways of working, for example the fire and rescue works with the ambulance service to provide life-saving intervention to medical emergencies across the county during it road traffic accident and community first responding work. The service is also leading the way in finding new opportunities to work with the Police and Crime Commissioner and integrate its work with the police service.

Martyn said: “I am extremely proud to receive this award, it is a huge honour to be recognised in this way.

“This is the first time the Queen’s Fire Service Medal has been awarded in Northamptonshire for many years, and demonstrates a true recognition of what we are doing in this county and the progress we have made to make Northamptonshire a safer place for everyone.

“I am very proud of the service and this is recognition that we have a world class, high tech Fire and Rescue Service to support our growing highly ambitious, high technology businesses and communities."

Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Councillor Jim Harker OBE said: “This award is a great honour for Martyn, and for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. It is deserved recognition for his hard work and commitment to providing a first-rate fire and rescue service for the community.”