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New Chief Fire Officer Announced

A new Chief Fire Officer has been appointed to Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

Mark Yates, currently Deputy Chief Fire Officer, at Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, has been chosen as the new Chief Fire Officer after a two day interview process last week.

Mr Yates started his career in 1984 with Cornwall County Fire Brigade before moving to Hertfordshire in 2005. He succeeds Chief Fire Officer Paul Hayden, who is due to retire.

“I am delighted to announce Mark as our new Chief Fire Officer as I know he has all the right qualities to lead our Service in the future,” said Brigadier Peter Jones, CBE, Chairman of Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Authority.

“Our interview and selection process was extensive and demanding and while the panel was impressed with the quality of everyone on the shortlist, we know we have the right person for the job.”

Mr Yates, who is originally from Tewkesbury, worked his way through the ranks with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service before taking the role of Deputy Chief Fire Officer in Hertfordshire. His position there saw him lead operations as incident commander during the Buncefield Oil Depot Fire – thought to be the largest fire of its kind in peacetime history.

Mr Yates said: “It is a real honour to be the new Chief Fire Officer for Hereford & Worcester. I have already met some of the staff and I’ve been hugely impressed with the level of commitment and dedication shown by everyone. I am also looking forward to working for a stand alone Fire Authority and helping to shape the Service for the future.

“I can’t think of any other place I would rather work as for me the two counties have everything. On a personal note, my wife and I are very much looking forward to the move as we both have family in the area.”

Mr Yates will take up his position on April 1, 2010.