North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service is delighted to congratulate Rose Fearnley, Temporary Station Manager Protection, on being awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal. Rose received the Award in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours list in recognition of her services to North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and our most remote communities.
Rose has been a firefighter with North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service for over 16 years and in that time has worked tirelessly on behalf of her local community.
Chief Fire Officer Andrew Brodie said: “Rose is not only an inspirational Watch Manager, she is also an exceptional community leader. She has reinvigorated the Volunteer Station at Goathland through her dedication, enthusiasm and skill, and encouraged others in the village to join. Rose now leads a crew of nine volunteer firefighters at the Goathland fire station. We really appreciate all that Rose has achieved and having her as a colleague here in North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.”
Commenting on her Award, Rose said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed to have been nominated for this Award. When you know that everything you achieve is because you are part of a great team it feels slightly uncomfortable to be singled out. I accept this Award as a recognition of the amazing commitment of all the Goathland volunteer firefighters. I am immensely proud of them.
“I am also very proud to be part of the North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service. I have had an amazing career to date and been presented with so many opportunities for progression and development. But above all, I love doing a job that makes a difference every day to the safety of the residents and visitors across North Yorkshire and the City of York. That is the ultimate reward and I am proud to be part of this Service.”
Rose initially joined the Service when she discovered a lack of firefighters meant her local volunteer fire station was at risk of closing. She decided she couldn’t complain if she didn’t do anything about it, so she became a volunteer firefighter and took over running the station a few years later. Her tenacity, inspiration and commitment has meant that Goathland has retained its volunteer fire station.