London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade’s Gary Reason named in New Year Honours List

29 December 2012

London Fire Brigade’s Director of Operational Resilience and Training, Gary Reason, has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM) in the New Year’s Honours list published today (29 Dec).

Gary’s award recognises his 28 years service, during which he has been at the centre of major incidents and emergency planning for the Brigade. Since joining in 1984,  he has accrued a wealth of experience, representing the Brigade at Gold level, managing operations at some of London’s most challenging incidents, and acting as lead officer during the inquests covering the 7th July 2005 London bombings.

As Director of Operational Resilience and Training, Gary manages the Brigade’s operational and emergency planning, operational procedures, operational assurance, health and safety, HR and staff development and the development of new response capabilities for terrorist threats. He also managed the Brigade’s preparations for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, helping ensure the UK Fire and Rescue Service delivered a safe and secure Games.

Gary (47), from Twickenham, said he was “humbled and delighted” to receive the award.

He added: “As any firefighter will tell you, the job is very much about team work, so I would never have received this award without the hard work of a lot of friends and colleagues. I’m very proud to work for the London Fire Brigade, and I’m truly honoured to be counted among those who have previously received this award.”

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "This award is a reflection of the incredible hard work and loyalty that Gary has demonstrated throughout his career with the London Fire Brigade. He is a great friend and colleague, and a true asset to the Brigade. Gary has dedicated his career to the service of Londoners and keeping the capital safe. I’m very pleased that his dedication and has been recognised in this significant way."