Warwickshire firefighter, Andy Duckett is to be awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Andy Duckett began his career with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1969, during that time he has worked his way up from firefighter to Watch Manager in charge of Southam Fire Station.

In 2000, he was instrumental in the implementation of Southam First Responders, a group of volunteers linked to the Ambulance Service, which gives immediate life support treatment to Category A patients who have suffered a life-threatening trauma such as a cardiac arrest or stroke.

Over the years, he has developed the service, and encouraged more volunteers to receive the training. He has also created a support group, "Friends of Southam First Responders", a charitable organisation of local volunteers who raise funds to provide the First Responders with the equipment they need. Andy was also instrumental in establishing a branch of the Young Firefighters Association for Southam. 
On receiving his award, Andy said: "I am thrilled. It is an honour to be receiving an MBE. I can't believe that the work I have done has been recognised, it's unbelievable. This is an honour to be shared with the rest of the station members."

Chief Fire Officer, Graeme Smith said: "I am delighted that Andy is to be awarded an MBE. This accolade is a clear recognition of his commitment and dedication to the community he has served for over 40 years, both in his line of work and voluntary activities. Andy has made great contributions to the safety and the quality of life for all generations in both Southam and Warwickshire as a whole and that is something we are very proud of."


Posted: 12.51am, 15.06.11, rachael.haydon@pavpub.com