George Martin OBE MIFireE
Fire and Rescue Service National Liaison Officer at The Prince's Trust - seconded from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
I currently manage the relationship between The Prince's Trust and the Fire and Rescue Service in the UK.
I joined Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service in 1978. I worked operationally mainly in East Lancashire but then developed a strong interest in fire safety and worked as a Station Officer in Blackburn having responsibility for the new football stadium at Blackburn Rovers - an extremely interesting period for a fully-fledged and committed Burnley supporter!
In 2001 I was given the opportunity to manage Lancashire FRS Prince's Trust Team programme. Without doubt - the best job in the Fire & Rescue Service. I can identify closely with the young people The Trust works with and feel that the fire & rescue service are an ideal organisation to help develop disadvantaged and disengaged young people. Fire and Rescue Service staff are fantastic role models to young people.
In 2009 I was seconded to The Prince's Trust as the National Liaison Officer. The post has been jointly funded by the Fire Service Research & Training Trust and The Prince's Trust and from April 2018, The Prince's Trust and the National Fire Chiefs Council.
The Prince’s Trust is the UK’s leading youth charity working with disadvantaged young people, aged 11-30. The Trust helps young people to develop the skills, confidence and motivation they need to break down barriers and move forward with their lives.
The Prince’s Trust and the Fire & Rescue Service together with the other uniformed services have a proud history of working in partnership, and together, we’ve helped thousands of young people to change their lives.
The Prince’s Trust and the uniformed services share many common objectives which impact on the communities that we serve. Our work together is guided by the values of social responsibility and inclusiveness – which we impart to the young people that come through our programmes. The uniformed services play a crucial role in helping, not just to deliver Trust programmes, but to forge closer links with young people and their community. By offering support to young people at a critical stage in their lives, we can help them address and tackle their problems before they become too acute.