Freedom award for Northamptonshire fire service

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The fire service has been granted the freedom of the borough for its work to protect lives and properties across the county.

About 200 firefighters and dignitaries watched Northamptonshire’s fire service receive the freedom of the borough during a ceremony at the Guildhall in Northampton.

The fire service is the 26th organisation to be awarded the accolade, the highest honour Northampton Council can give to any person or group.

Speaking during the ceremony on Saturday, leader of Northampton Council David Mackintosh said: “Since its foundation, the fire service has shown its dedication to protecting lives and properties in Northamptonshire and they have saved countless lives.”

Past recipients of the honour include Princess Diana, Northampton Saints, Northamptonshire Police and the Royal Lancers.

The honour was accepted by the county’s chief fire officer, Martyn Emberson.

He said: “It’s a great honour to receive and I’m really pleased we’ve been awarded it.”