Trevor Stratford awarded British Empire Medal in New Year’s Honours List
5th January 2015
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The honour follows a year in which Trevor managed the fire service response to the flooding on the Somerset Levels and the impact of the severe weather at Dawlish last winter.

As Director of Operations at Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Trevor has responsibility for all operational and resilience matters across the organisation.

He said: “I am extremely proud to receive this award and feel fortunate to have had such an enjoyable career to date in the fire service.

“Many firefighters from across the country worked extremely hard to help alleviate the impact of the flooding in the affected parts of Somerset last year. This award reflects their efforts and demonstrates the place the fire service has in local communities.”

Reintroduced in 2012, the British Empire Medal rewards a sustained, local contribution or innovative, high-impact work of a relatively short duration.

The medal provides the opportunity to recognise a large number of people who are actively engaged in charitable or voluntary work within their local community.

Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said: “Trevor's efforts in managing the fire service response to the severe weather incidents last year was significant and contributed to the successful resolution of the incidents. 

“I'm really pleased that his sterling work over many years has been recognised in this way. This great achievement is thoroughly well deserved.” 

Trevor served in London and Essex, prior to transferring to Devon and then Somerset, before the combination created Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.


Trevor is the lead officer for the south west region on behalf of the Chief Fire Officers Association for Operations and Resilience and sits on the national Operations Committee. He was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal in 1988 for bravery shown during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985 while serving with the London Fire Brigade.

Secretary of State Eric Pickles said: “Congratulations to everyone from local government, fire, housing and the voluntary sector recognised on the New Year’s Honours list. It is superb that these individuals have been acknowledged in this way for their extraordinary contribution, impact to public service and dedication to local communities.”

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