Queen's Fire Service Medal

The Queen's Fire Service Medal is awarded to members of the fire services in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations for distinguished service or gallantry. It was introduced on 19 May 1954 when it replaced the King's Fire Service Medal. Recipients may use the post-nominal letters “QFSM.”

The most common form of the award is the Queen's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service. The equivalent medal for gallantry, the Queen's Fire Service Medal for Gallantry, is now rarely awarded. Acts of gallantry in the fire service would, since 1977, normally attract the George Medal or Queen's Gallantry Medal.

Queen's Fire Service Medal
Queens Fire Service Medal (Gallantry) UK
Queens Fire Service Medal UK
QFSM ribbons for Gallantry (left) and Distinguished Service (right)
Awarded by United Kingdom and Commonwealth
TypeMedal
EligibilityMembers of the Fire Services
Awarded for'acts of exceptional courage and skill at the cost of their lives' or for the 'exhibition of conspicuous devotion to duty'.[1]
Post-nominalsQFSM
Statistics
Established19 May 1954
Order of Wear
Next (higher)Queen's Police Medal, for Gallantry (QFSM for gallantry)
Queen's Police Medal, for Distinguished Service (QFSM for service)[2]
Next (lower)Royal West African Frontier Force Distinguished Conduct Medal (QFSM for gallantry)[2]
Queen's Ambulance Service Medal (QFSM for service)[3]

Design

  • The medal is silver and 36 millimetres in diameter, with the obverse having the profile of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • The medal's reverse is a standing figure with a sword and shield, with an inscription of "For Gallantry" or "For Distinguished Fire Service" around the face's side.
  • The ribbon is of red with three yellow stripes. The Queen's Fire Service Medal for Gallantry has a single thin blue stripe running through the centre of each yellow stripe.

See also

References

  1. ^ "It's An Honour has a new home". Itsanhonour.gov.au. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b "No. 56878". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 March 2003. p. 3352.
  3. ^ "The Queen's Ambulance Service Medal Royal Warrant" (PDF). official-documents.gov.uk. The Stationery Office. Retrieved 30 December 2012.

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1964 New Year Honours (New Zealand)

The 1964 New Year Honours in New Zealand were appointments by Elizabeth II on the advice of the New Zealand government to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by New Zealanders. The awards celebrated the passing of 1963 and the beginning of 1964, and were announced on 1 January 1964.The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour.

1973 New Year Honours

The New Year Honours 1973 were appointments in many of the Commonwealth realms of Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries. They were announced on 1 January 1973 to celebrate the year passed and mark the beginning of 1973.

1977 Silver Jubilee and Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)

The 1977 Silver Jubilee and Birthday Honours for Australia were appointments to recognise and reward good works by citizens of Australia and other nations that contribute to Australia to celebrate Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee and birthday. The Silver Jubilee and Birthday Honours were announced on 14 June 1977 in Australia.The recipients of honours are displayed as they were styled before their new honour and arranged by honour with grades and then divisions i.e. Civil, Diplomatic and Military as appropriate.

1987 New Year Honours

The New Year Honours 1987 were appointments by most of the Commonwealth realms of Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries, and honorary ones to citizens of other countries. They were announced on 31 December 1986 to celebrate the year passed and mark the beginning of 1987 in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand,

Barbados, Mauritus, Fiji, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Belize, Antigua & Barbuda, and St Christopher & Nevis.The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour, and arranged by honour, with classes (Knight, Knight Grand Cross, etc.) and then divisions (Military, Civil, etc.) as appropriate.

1987 New Year Honours (Australia)

The New Year Honours 1987 were appointments by Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries, and honorary ones to citizens of other countries. They were announced on 31 December 1988 to celebrate the year passed and mark the beginning of 1989 in Australia

1991 Birthday Honours

The Birthday Honours 1991 for the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, New Zealand, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, were announced on 14 June 1991, to celebrate the Queen's Official Birthday of 1991.

The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour, and arranged firstly by the country whose ministers advised the Queen on the appointments, then by honour, with classes (Knight, Knight Grand Cross, etc.) and then divisions (Military, Civil, etc.) as appropriate.

1991 New Year Honours

The New Year Honours 1991 were appointments by Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by people of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. They were published on 28 December 1990 for the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, Mauritius, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Christopher and Nevis.The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour, and arranged by honour, with classes (Knight, Knight Grand Cross, etc.) and then divisions (Military, Civil, etc.) as appropriate.

1993 Birthday Honours

The 1993 Queen's Birthday honours were appointments by some of the 16 Commonwealth realms to various orders and honours to recognise and reward good works by citizens of those countries. The Birthday Honours are awarded as part of the Queen's birthday celebrations and were announced on 11 June 1993 for the United Kingdom, the Bahamas, Solomon Islands, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand and the Cook Islands. The list for Australia was announced separately on 14 June.Recipients of awards are shown below as they were styled before their new honours.

1994 Birthday Honours

Queen's Birthday Honours are announced on or around the date of the Queen's Official Birthday. Publication dates vary from year to year. Most are published in supplements to the London Gazette and many are formally conferred by the monarch (or her representative) some time after the date of the announcement, particularly for those service people on active duty.

The 1994 Queen's Birthday honours lists were announced on 10 June 1994 for the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Belize. The list for Australia was announced separately on 13 June.Recipients of awards are shown below as they were styled before their new honours.

2015 Special Honours

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Australian Fire Service Medal

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The AFSM was introduced in 1988, and replaced the Imperial awards of the Queen's Fire Service Medal for Gallantry and the Queen's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service. Recipients of the Australian Fire Service Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "AFSM".

Awards are made by the Governor-General, on the nomination of the responsible minister in each state or territory, and at the federal level. The total number of awards each year must not exceed the following quota:

one award for each 1,000, or part of 1,000, full-time permanent members of the combined fire services of each state;

one award for each 5,000, or part of 5,000, part-time, volunteer or auxiliary members of the combined fire services of each state; and one additional award in each state;

one award of the Medal shall be made in each calendar year in respect of the combined fire services in each of the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory of Australia;

one award of the Medal shall be made in each calendar year in respect of a Commonwealth fire service; and

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