Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Acting Chief Fire Officer recognised in Queen's birthday honours 2017

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Acting Chief Fire Officer, Adam Eckley, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Adam is to receive the Queen’s Fire Service Medal for distinguished service.

Adam has been the Acting Chief Fire Officer since June 2014, having joined our Service in December 2006 as Assistant Chief Fire Officer. In January 2010, he was promoted to Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Deputy Chief Executive. Adam joined the Fire and Rescue Service in February 1985 as a firefighter in Kent, where he progressed to Senior Divisional Officer.

Chairman of Essex Fire Authority, Anthony Hedley, said: “On behalf of the Fire Authority, I would like to congratulate Adam on the Queen’s Fire Service Medal and thank him for all of his hard work. This is a fitting tribute to an extraordinary officer.

“Adam has had an exceptional career and has had to face challenges few other peers have faced. His dedication, professionalism and commitment to the duty of public service has been, and remains, outstanding.”

The last three years have seen Adam lead Essex through a period of great uncertainty and change. A comprehensive, and sector leading, cultural review was commissioned in 2015. At the same time, the Service and Fire Authority began the process of preparing planned changes to its organisational structure to deliver an enhanced prevention and protection strategic plan.

In addition, a revised Integrated Risk Management Plan and a new 2016-2020 Service strategy were designed, to deliver a balanced budget by 2020 against a backdrop of reductions in funding from Central Government.

In 2016, Adam managed one of the largest and most engaged public consultations delivered by a fire service, which saw 18,000 responses from Essex residents. These results informed the agreed changes the Service would make to its operational model.

In March of this year, Adam reached a final agreement with the Fire Brigades Unions to resolve a longstanding trade dispute that was registered with Essex Fire Authority in October 2014; a significant shift in the industrial relations environment for Essex.

Adam has been championing the Service’s cultural change programme and has made significant strides in transforming the culture of the organisation into that of an open and transparent Service to work for, and a Service that celebrates and recognises its employees.

Adam said: “I am both honoured and humbled by this news. I am incredibly proud to lead such a professional and forward-looking Service. This recognition is testament to the brilliant people I have had, and still have, the honour of working with.

“I am grateful to Essex Fire Authority, all Service employees and our partners who help to keep Essex safe. It’s a privilege to lead our Service and I’m looking forward to what we can continue to accomplish together.”

Adam has been championing the move towards greater collaboration with other emergency services, and supported the preparation of the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) local business case for a joint governance. This business case now sits with the Home Secretary awaiting formal decision.

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said:

“The Queen’s Fire Service medal is a symbol of distinguished service. I would like to congratulate Adam Eckley, Acting Chief Fire Officer at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and thank him for his dedication to the role and both the local and national contribution he has made to keeping our communities safe over the years.”


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