MBE awarded to Watch Commander Ade Taylor
Ade was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June of this year in recognition of his work for the Fire Service and the Young Firefighters Association (YFA) in particular. His wife, Sue, and other family members joined him at the ceremony in London to see The Queen present his award.
Ade joined the Service in 1993 as a retained firefighter and following wholetime recruitment in 2003, now works as a Watch Commander with Blue Watch in Redditch. Previous to his current appointment he was responsible for Arson Prevention across the whole of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
He has been heavily involved with the YFA throughout his career with the Service, and is a driving force behind the branch of the YFA in Droitwich. There is also a thriving YFA group in Redditch, and Young Firefighters from the two branches attend over 50 events across the two counties each year, participating in a range of safety initiatives, open days, civic events and community days.
Over the last 10 years, Ade has devoted literally thousands of hours of his own time to the development of young people through the YFA. He never turns away a potential YFA recruit and over the years has encouraged many disadvantaged young people to get involved. Ade is supported by a team of YFA instructors who he has trained, again in his own time, including members of his own family.
He also organises the annual YFA camp, a week in the Forest of Dean, where all (up to 40) YFA members have the opportunity to take part in a range of outdoor pursuit activities.
Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates from HWFRS said: “Ade Taylor has had a profoundly positive impact on dozens of young people though his work with the YFA. I am delighted that Her Majesty has chosen to honour Ade in this way, and I know that I speak for everyone who knows him when I say that he thoroughly deserves this recognition.”
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