Award for councillor after two decades of service

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A COUNCILLOR has been honoured after 20 years as a member of South Yorkshire Fire Authority, the body which oversees the way the county’s fire service is run.

Coun Jim Andrews, who represents Barnsley’s Rockingham ward and is deputy leader of Barnsley Council, has been a member since 1991 and chairman since 1999 - making him one of the longest serving in the country.

He has been awarded a certificate of recognition to mark the two decades he has spent as a Fire Authority member.

Coun Andrews said: “It has been a privilege to be a part of the Fire Authority for the last 20 years and I am honoured to continue as chairman.

“A lot has changed during the past two decades, but I feel we have made significant progress and developed the fire service into one the public of South Yorkshire can be rightly very proud of.

“There is a huge amount of work still to be done and with the reduction in budgets this year and in the future, we all have a very difficult task on our hands. However, I am determined our achievements in the past won’t be undone by these changes and we will do everything we can to ensure the fire service continues to meet the needs of the public.”

Bill Wilkinson, clerk and treasurer of the Fire Authority, said: “Jim’s knowledge of is extensive and he has been at the forefront of a great many changes which have improved efficiency and performance.

“Jim is also heavily involved at a national level and leads on joint working with fire services across England to ensure their voice is heard by Government.”