Fire Service leaders pay tribute to Sir David Amess, a long-term fire safety campaigner and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group.
National Fire Chiefs Council Chair Mark Hardingham said: “I am appalled and saddened by this mindless and senseless attack, which has sent shockwaves across the country. My thoughts are with his friends and family at this tragic time. It is shocking that someone carrying out their day-to-day work has lost their life in such a brutal manner.
“Sir David was a staunch campaigner for fire safety and led a number of parliamentary campaigns in this area. NFCC, Fire Service colleagues and many across the wider fire sector have worked closely with him – I know I speak for all of them when I say how shocked we all are by his untimely and tragic death.
“He campaigned both personally and in parliament for the use of sprinklers and improving building safety. Sir David always made his views clear and tackled issues such as these with great passion and clarity.
“This was apparent through his many years of work chairing the All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group and also in many parliamentary debates about fire safety. He contributed to saving lives and protecting properties, while leading the call for change. He will be sorely missed.
“No doubt this terrible attack will bring back memories for the family of fellow parliamentarian Jo Cox, who lost her life in similar circumstances and my thoughts are with them also. Everyone has the right to live their lives without fear of attack and I sincerely hope the perpetrator is swiftly brought to justice.”