Chief Fire Officer awarded OBE for Covid-19 response

Chief Fire Officer awarded OBE for Covid-19 response

by Tom Martin (October 2020)

MERSEYSIDE’S Chief Fire Officer, who grew up in Maghull, has been honoured in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Phil Garrigan, who joined Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in 1990, will be awarded an OBE ‘for services to fire and rescue during Covid-19’.

He said: “I am very humbled to receive this honour and recognise that it is in no small part down to the incredible people I work with, people who go out of their way every day to protect the public.

“Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, who have always given me their unfaltering support and all those who are part of this great organisation, have helped us develop a national and international reputation - a reputation for making a real difference in the lives of those people we have the privilege to serve.

“Nowhere is this more evident than in our response to the pandemic, which has shown that we understand our place at the heart of our communities.

“I am also incredibly grateful to my wife Michelle for allowing me the opportunities in work that many other people aren’t afforded. I know my own limitations and I know that they are offset by hard work, accessibility and unswerving commitment to the people of Merseyside, all of which can come at a cost unless you have someone so understanding as my wife by your side.”

Phil, who now lives in Wirral, grew up in Maghull where he attended St George’s Primary School before going on to Maricourt High School.

He joined the firefighters 30 years ago and worked in some of Merseyside’s most vulnerable and deprived communities.

Phil led the emergency service through the 2018 inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) in which it achieved two ‘Outstanding’ ratings; the only Fire & Rescue Service in the country to do so.

Phil is also the National Lead for the Fire & Rescue Service with regard to its work with children and young people; transforming hundreds of lives across the UK through his leadership.

In 2013, Phil rebuilt the UK Fire Cadet movement, a national uniformed youth organisation delivered through all Fire & Rescue Services across the UK.

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