Hertfordshire fire service's Health and Safety Manager receives MBE

Published: 05 Dec 2019

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Veronica Adlam was presented with an MBE by HRH the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace yesterday (Thursday) for her services to firefighter safety.

The dedicated Health and Safety Manager was inspired to write an essential guidebook which is supporting fire services UK-wide. It was written by Veronica following the Harrow Court tower block fire in February 2005, where two Hertfordshire firefighters and a member of the public lost their lives.

Her ‘handbook’ for fire and rescue service colleagues was developed into national guidance and The Chief Fire Officers Association (now known as the National Fire Chiefs Council) published the ‘Death in the Workplace Guidance’ in May 2013.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Director for Community Protection, Darryl Keen said: “Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue service is immensely proud of Veronica whose MBE is so richly deserved in recognition of her many years of hard, diligent and dedicated work.

“We are delighted that Veronica’s abiding commitment to fire service safety has made such a positive impact on the UK fire and rescue services. We are extremely fortunate to have Veronica as a colleague and wish her many congratulations on receiving this prestigious award.”

Commenting on discovering she had been nominated for an MBE for her work, Veronica said: “I was astonished, I had to read it multiple times before it sank in. I thought it was a mistake, but I feel incredibly privileged and humbled to accept this accolade for ‘Services to Firefighter Safety’.

“In my role as the Health and Safety Manager there have been some challenging times, but my number one priority throughout this time has been to improve working conditions for firefighters.”

Veronica, who lives in Waltham Abbey with husband Mark, has worked for the Hertfordshire service for almost 19 years, joining as the first non-uniformed Health and Safety Adviser.

She rose through the ranks to Health and Safety Manager and is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and a member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Managers (IIRSM).