Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWYEAR’S HONOURS -

A TOP fire chief with more than 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the ser­vice has hailed his col­leagues as some of the ‘most tal­ented’ in the coun­try.

Ja­son Thel­well, Buck­ing­hamshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice’s chief fire of­fi­cer, is also ‘im­mensely proud’ to have been awarded a New Year’s Hon­our.

Mr Thel­well, who has held the role for around two years, re­ceived a Queen’s Fire Ser­vice Medal in the 2017 list.

He said: “It is truly a great hon­our to re­ceive this recog­ni­tion, but my con­grat­u­la­tions must go to our staff.

“I am im­mensely proud to work with some of the most tal­ented and hard-work­ing pub­lic ser­vants in the coun­try, who work tire­lessly in Buck­ing­hamshire and Mil­ton Keynes to save lives ev­ery day.

“They all con­trib­ute to mak­ing this one of the safest places in Eng­land, and I want to thank them pub­licly for what they do. This award is ded­i­cated to them all.”

Mr Thel­well, 45, lives in Mil­ton Keynes and has held the role since 2015.

He joined Buck­ing­hamshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice as as­sis­tant chief fire of­fi­cer in 2010. Prior to that ap­point­ment he had 17 years of ex­pe­ri­ence with Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

Bran­don Lewis, min­is­ter for polic­ing and the fire ser­vice, said: “I would like to con­grat­u­late Ja­son for his con­tin­ued dis­tin­guished ser­vice. The Queen’s Fire Ser­vice Medal is a sym­bol of devo­tion to duty and Ja­son has made a huge con­tri­bu­tion to the sec­tor.”

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