THE search for a new Chief Executive / Chief Fire Officer to lead Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has started. The successful candidate will be the first Chief Executive / Chief Fire Officer appointed by Roger Hirst, who is the first Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in the country.
The successful candidate will lead the organisation through a significant programme of transformation and change, delivering outcomes that make a real difference to the public and helping to keep our communities safe.
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said, “Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is one of the largest in the country providing services for a population of 1.7 million people and leading a service with 1500 staff and officers. This is an important leadership role and we expect it to attract significant interest, both from other fire and rescue services across the country and also from highly experienced leaders from wider organisations.
“Essex Fire and Rescue service has changed significantly over the last few years. We need a talented and committed leader to help the Service continue to transform its culture and deliver outcomes that will make a real difference for the people of Essex.”
The successful candidate will replace the current Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley who announced his intention to retire earlier in the year. Mr Eckley has led the organisation through substantial change, leading the development of the current 2020 Strategy and managing the Service as it transitioned from governance from the Essex Fire Authority to become the first service in the country governed by a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.