London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade’s Director of Operations Dave Brown named in New Year Honours List

31 December 2015

London Fire Brigade's Director of Operations Dave Brown, has been awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal (QFSM) in the New Year's Honours list published today (31 December).

Dave's award recognises his 30 years service, during which he has been at the centre of major incidents such as managing the fire at the Royal Marsden Hospital in 2008 and in 2012 during the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, where he oversaw one of the biggest fires in London in recent years - a forty pump fire at a recycling plant on Chequers Lane in Dagenham.

He joined the Brigade in 1985 and has served at a number of fire stations in the North East as a firefighter, officer, and borough commander. Following time working in Strategy and Performance, and then Training, Dave became a principal manager in 2006.

As Director of Operations, he is responsible for all aspects of operations at London's fire stations; the 999 mobilising function at Brigade Control in Merton; and all regulatory and community safety and youth engagement activities in London.

'Tribute to all those I have worked with'

Dave (51), from Shalford, North Essex, said: "I am delighted to be recognised in the New Year's Honours List but would like to pay tribute to all those I have worked with over the years, without whose help and support I would not be receiving this award."

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "I am very pleased for Dave and it is a fitting recognition of all his hard work and achievements.”