Watch Manager Caroline Anderson has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal for distinguished service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Caroline joined Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service in 2005 as an on-call firefighter in South Molton. She then joined the Group Support Team in North Devon before joining the Organisational Development team at Service Headquarters.

Caroline said: “I am totally overwhelmed but of course thrilled. Ever since joining the fire service as an on-call firefighter I have loved working with incredible people and being part of a dedicated team.


“I am passionate about doing the best I can wearing the uniform I do to help make people safer on the roads and in their homes and also trying to encourage women into the firefighter role.

“However, this only comes with the support and guidance of like-minded colleagues and so I feel extremely fortunate to go to work every day loving my job, enjoying those I work with and work for.”

Caroline was one of four members of the UK Fire Service to receive a Queen’s Fire Service Medal in this year’s Birthday Honours list.

Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell, of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “I'm absolutely delighted that Caroline has been awarded the Queens Fire Service Medal. We congratulate Caroline on this significant achievement, which is very well deserved.”

Nick Hurd, Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, said: “I would like to thank Caroline for her dedication to the service. The Queen’s Fire Service Medal recognises distinguished service and Caroline has made a huge contribution particularly in terms of promoting diversity within the fire and rescue sector.”