Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service staff member named on The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

A long-standing employee of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for Services to the Fire Service in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for 2022.

Prevention Manager, Rabinder Dhami, joined SFRS in 1995 and has spent his career working in the Prevention department which oversees the fire safety of vulnerable people in their own homes.

The medal, which is a British and Commonwealth award for civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown, will be presented to him by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Shropshire, Anna Turner later in the year.

Upon hearing the news of his award, Rabinder, from Telford, said:

“It’s a massive honour to be awarded this medal, I was shocked and humbled when I found out. My wife, Rachpal, and our three sons are very proud; we are all looking forward to the presentation.

“It’s particularly special because my father, Parkash Singh Dhami, received an MBE for Services to the Community in 2016 and I was in awe of that, I never imagined I would be in a similar position.

“At SFRS I work closely with all departments and it’s thanks to the hard work of support staff, on-call and wholetime firefighters and the rest of the Prevention Team, that we are able to reach the most vulnerable residents of Shropshire and help keep them safe.”

Chief Fire Officer, Rod Hammerton, said:

“Rabinder is an outstanding member of staff. He is dedicated, compassionate, and leads by example. His innovative thinking has enabled us to be at the forefront of prevention work and I am in no doubt his efforts have saved many lives.

We have been lucky to work with him for so long and are immensely proud of him.”

Eric Carter, Chair of the Fire Authority, said:

“Rab’s devotion is extraordinary and I am delighted that his hard work has been acknowledged in this way.”

Keith Osmund-Smith, the Brigade Chaplain for SFRS, has also been named as a recipient of the BEM for Services to the People of Shropshire.

Read his story here

1st January, 2022