London Fire Brigade

Birthday Honours for fire authority members and officers

11 June 2011

Two members of London’s fire authority and two London Fire Brigade officers have been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list today (11 June 2011).

Councillor Liaquat Ali has been awarded an MBE for services to local government and Councillor Terry Stacy has been awarded an MBE for services to the housing sector.  Deputy Assistant Commissioner (DAC) Steve Smith and Head of Employee Relations Rob Bond have both been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal.
 
The four join well-known celebrities and community leaders amongst those who made it on to the list and are expected to be presented with their awards at ceremonies due to be held later this year.
 
Liaquat Ali was a member of the former London Fire and Civil Defence Authority from 1994 to 2000 and has served on the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority since 2000. During this time he has held positions as Chair of the Human Resources, Equalities and Health and Safety Panel between 2002 and 2008 and was Vice-Chair of the Authority in 2008/9.

Terry Stacy joined the Fire Authority in 2010, but has been a councillor for 13 years in Islington and Tower Hamlets. Terry has a strong background in public sector housing, regeneration and community safety having worked at a senior level in a number of local authorities and Housing Associations.
 
Some of the many achievements on DAC Smith’s curriculum include being in charge of the Brigade’s response to the 7/7 bombings at Aldgate underground station; pioneering the use of London’s very first fire risk mapping system and setting up the first young offenders rehabilitation programme for fire services in the country. With over 30 years of experience, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner is now in charge of London Fire Brigade’s training for the Olympics 2012. Working in partnership with fire services nationally, Steve’s role is to ensure that fire brigades across the country are prepared for the world’s biggest sporting event.
 
Rob Bond, who joined the fire service nearly three decades ago, was nominated for the award for his instrumental work in helping to modernise London Fire Brigade, both in its management structure and employee relations. He set up the first team of peripatetic HR advisers who provide front line support and advice to staff based across more than 100 Brigade locations. Bond is also the first non-uniformed officer in charge of the disciplinary function in the Brigade’s history, ensuring consistency and fairness across all staff.
 
Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority Brian Coleman said:
 
“I am delighted to congratulate Councillor Liaquat Ali, Councillor Terry Stacy, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Smith and Rob Bond on the honour of being named in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Councillor Ali is one of the few Members to have served this Authority as long as I have since its creation in 2000, and I would like to recognise his commitment to this board and previously the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority since 1994.Councillor Stacy joined the Authority last year and has made valuable input as a member of the Community Safety and Finance and Personnel Committees, and is recognised today for his significant service to the housing sector.”

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said:

“I would like to add my congratulations to Councillor Ali and Councillor Stacy on their honours today.

“Throughout their careers, both Steve and Rob have been committed to public service and have always looked at ways of improving the efficiency and professionalism of our firefighters and civilian staff; be that through pioneering work in community safety or supporting the Brigade’s modernisation agenda.
 
“Both officers are exceptional in their integrity and professionalism and despite their highly demanding roles always maintain consistently high professional standards. From everyone at the Brigade, I would like to congratulate both Steve and Rob on this outstanding award.”
 
DAC Smith said: “I feel immensely proud to be given this award. I’ve been privileged throughout my career with the Brigade and I’ve worked alongside and been supported by some fantastic people. Without my colleagues I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have done”.
 
Rob said: “I would like to thank my workmates, my partner Jan and daughters Natalie and Emily for their support throughout my career. I feel extremely fortunate to receive this prestigious award.”

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