THE former chief fire officer of Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service is celebrating after being awarded the Queen’s Fire Service medal.

Jon Hall, the current director of training at the Fire Service College in Moreton, was recognised in theQueen’s birthday honours list in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the fire service.

“I am lucky to have worked with so many people who have dedicated their lives to helping others," he said.

"It’s not just the front-line rescue services, but also the many thousands of support and voluntary workers that make our emergency services so effective.

“I am proud to have been recognised in this way, and I look forward to continuing my work with fire and rescue services through the development and delivery of cross-agency training and exercising for emergency responders.”

Jez Smith, managing director at the Fire Service College, said: “I am delighted that Jon Hall’s work within the fire and rescue service for so many years has been recognised in this award.

"A huge congratulations to Jon, from us all at the Fire Service College.”