A London-based fire chief, Steve Smith, who led the rescue team in the repercussion of the IRA bombings and the 7/7 London attacks, has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal.

Smith, 52, who resides in Mill Lane, Horndon-on-the-Hill, joined the London Fire Brigade in 1981 and was later appointed as London Fire Brigade Deputy Assistant Commissioner in 2001. He received the award after risking his 30 years service to save others.

Up to four medals are given out each year to firefighters who earn special acknowledgment for their work.

Smith’s list of achievements include leading the brigade’s rescue efforts after the IRA bus bombing in 1996 and the 7/7 bombing at Aldgate Tube Station.

Commissioner Ron Dobson, who nominated Smith, said Smith was always dedicated to his work and committed to public service and has always looked forward to improving the efficiency of London’s firefighters.

The fire chief is now preparing for the 2012 London Olympics and making sure that fire brigades across the country are prepared.

Smith dedicated the award to his wife Madeline and his three children Charlotte, Rebecca and Thomas, said reports.