Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Becci Bryant, has been recognised in the 2020 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
I’m extremely humbled by the news. To think that some people have decided that I’m worthy because of what I’ve done in my career is astonishing.
Becci has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal – a prestigious medal given to members of the fire services in the UK and Commonwealth for distinguished services or gallantry.
Since joining the service in 1992, Becci has risen through the ranks, taking on a whole host of roles from Sub Officer to Area Commander and Executive Director/Deputy Chief Executive.
Becci’s appointment to Chief Fire Officer in 2016 also made history – becoming the first woman in the UK to have achieved such a distinguished position after beginning her career as an operational firefighter.
Becci said: “I’m extremely humbled by the news. To think that some people have decided that I’m worthy because of what I’ve done in my career is astonishing.
“It’s fantastic that the medal also coincides with the great news that the service was commended for its performance and rated good earlier this month following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS).
“I haven’t done any of this on my own. I’ve got a brilliant team working around me and it’s equally recognising their efforts as well as mine. I’m so proud and privileged to serve with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.”
Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, Matthew Ellis, said: “Becci has given many years of service to the fire and rescue sector.
"Whilst I have only known Becci for the last few years, it is clear why she will be receiving the Queen’s Fire Service Medal, which is richly deserved, and I congratulate her.”