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Lancashire Fire Chief receives New Year honour

LANCASHIRE’S Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny, has been named in the New Year' Honours List after being awarded The Queen’s Fire Service Medal.

LANCASHIRE’S Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny, has been named in the New Year' Honours List after being awarded The Queen’s Fire Service Medal.

The Queen's Fire Service Medal is awarded to members of the fire services in the United Kingdom or in the Commonwealth for distinguished service.

Mr Kenny, from Ormskirk, said: "I have been fortunate to work with some fantastic people over my 35 years in the Fire and Rescue Service, and this honour recognises their efforts as much as my own.Š

“There has never been a more challenging time to lead Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service but I remain committed to providing the best service in the country with the decreasing resources at my disposal and the support of my highly professional staff.

"I feel truly privileged to receive this honour which would not have been possible without the support of my family and the endeavours of the outstanding team of firefighters, support staff and elected members that make Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service the best in the country."

Mr Kenny became Chief Fire Officer of Lancashire in October, 2012.Š

Prior to that, he was the Assistant Chief Fire Officer responsible for Service Delivery which includes community fire safety and fire safety enforcement.Š

He originally joined Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in 1978, transferring to Lancashire to take charge of the Service Training Centre at Chorley in 2000.Š He subsequently progressed to be Assistant Chief Officer in 2003.

He is married with two sons.Š

As the Chief Fire Officer, Mr Kenny is responsible for the leadership of the service, providing direction and improvement.Š

He advises the Combined Fire Authority on all matters to ensure that the service continues to be effective.