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ONE of Greater Manchester’s most senior firefighters has been honoured by the Queen for thirty years distinguished service.
Deputy County Fire Officer Jim Owen has been given the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in this year’s New Year’s Honour List.
He has been recognised for his role in helping to lead Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service through a period of huge transformation and his work to develop fire protection and fire investigation services across the North West.
Jim began his career in Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service in 1985 spending 15 years working in various operational and fire safety roles before working his way up through the ranks to become an area manager.
He joined GMFRS in December 2008 as Assistant County Fire Officer for Fire Safety before becoming Deputy County Fire Officer in 2010.
On finding out he had received the Queen’s Fire Service Medal, Jim said: “I’m very proud of working for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and of all that we achieve and I am deeply honoured by Her Majesty’s recognition, I’m sure that my wife, Anne, deserves it as much for all the support she gives me, so it will be fitting that she will be with me when I receive the award”