MBE for Mid and West Wales Fire and rescue firefighter.(PEOPLE PROFILE)

The Mid and West Wares Fire and Rescue Head of Community Safety, John FitzJohn, has been awarded the MBE in The Queen's Birthday Honours List.

John FitzJohn has been honoured for his outstanding work of Vehicle Arson Reduction in the Swansea Bay area.

Chief Fire Officer, Doug MacKay, said: "John FitzJohn was tasked to lead on a Fire Service response to the problem of attending some 1600 car fires in the Swansea Bay area in 1999. This meant that fire crews were not available for a genuine emergency and, on occasions, were in danger themselves from booby-trapped cars set to injure firefighters.

"John FitzJohn motivated the partner organisations, the local authorities, the police and community groups to cooperate to attack the auto crime problem. …

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