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Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer recognised in New Year Honours

Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the New Year Honours.

Russell Pearson was honoured for outstanding service to the emergency services and the public.

Mr Pearson joined Surrey Fire and Rescue Service in 1992 and was appointed Chief Fire Officer in 2007.

David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: “We’re delighted that Russell’s outstanding contribution over 25 years, including 10 years as Chief Fire Officer, has been recognised and rewarded with the Queen’s Fire Service Medal. We’d like to thank him for his dedicated leadership of the service and congratulate him on this honour which is a tribute to his hard work and that of the firefighters who support him in serving Surrey’s communities.”

Nick Hurd, Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, said: “Over his ten-year tenure as Chief Fire Officer at Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Russell Pearson has shown outstanding leadership and dedication to the Fire Service. In both his professional and voluntary service, Russell has introduced innovation and growth, and I thank him for his professionalism and service.”

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