London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson has been awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours for his distinguished contribution to the Fire and Rescue Service.
Speaking today Ron said: "This honour represents everything good about my 31 years service at what I consider to be the best fire brigade in the world. I'd like to dedicate it to my family, and the hard work and dedication of London firefighters and all Brigade staff."
London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority Chairman, Councillor Brian Coleman said: "On behalf of the Authority, I am pleased to offer my congratulations to the Commissioner. He is an exemplary Chief Fire Officer, who leads by example and maintains the excellent standards which members and Londoners expect of the London Fire Brigade."
Ron has 31 years of firefighting experience. He became London Fire Commissioner in 2007 after working his way through the ranks since joining the London Fire Brigade in 1979.
In 1996 Ron was one of the first senior officers at the scene of the Canary Wharf bomb blast where he coordinated a search of the incident. As an Assistant Commissioner, Ron led on the threat of terrorism and was the Brigade's Senior Operational Commander during the 2005 London bombings.
Ron added: "This is a great way to kick off the New Year, during which I want to resolve the dispute over changes we need to make to start and finish times for firefighters. I am also very proud to be hosting the UK's largest firefighter games: 'The UK Rescue Challenge - London 2011' in September."
Date posted: 4.01.11