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CBE honour for fire and rescue chief

PUBLISHED: 11:09 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:22 23 August 2010

HONOURED:Charlie Hendry hasbeen awarded a CBE.

HONOURED:Charlie Hendry hasbeen awarded a CBE.

A CHIEF fire officer who led operations at the Paddington rail disaster and steered Kent s Fire and Rescue Service to a top rating has been honoured by the Queen. Charlie Hendry has been appointed as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services t

A CHIEF fire officer who led operations at the Paddington rail disaster and steered Kent's Fire and Rescue Service to a top rating has been honoured by the Queen.

Charlie Hendry has been appointed as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to local government in the Queen's New Year's Honours.

Dartford Station manager Steve Appleton said: "Mr Hendry's dedication and passion for a first class fire service in Kent, with the most highly trained firefighters, is tangibly felt amongst station personnel.

"This, coupled with continued emphasis on community safety work, has undoubtedly led to Kent being a far safer place to live and work."

Under his leadership KFRS was one of only two services in the country to gain 'excellent' ratings from the government's independent auditors. His lead on community fire safety has seen a 79 per cent reduction in the number of accidental fire related deaths and injuries across the county over the last five years.

Mr Hendry was also awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal in 2004.

In 2008, he was appointed President of Chief Fire Officers' Association, where he is currently on secondment. The position involves tackling issues affecting the fire and rescue service nationally and at government level.

Also honoured with a CBE, for services to the maritime industry, is David Moorhouse, from Meopham, who has been chairman of Lloyds Register since 1999.

The company helps to ensure safety standards are adhered to by international shipping companies. He was appointed Trustee of the National Maritime Museum in 2005 by then Prime Minister Tony Blair and is a life member of the UK Foundation of Science and Technology. There was also an MBE for Carole Wendland, from Longfield, who is a senior executive officer in the low cost home ownership division at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Kent author Jane Gardam received an OBE for services to Literature, one of 31 people from the county to be honoured by the Queen.

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