Chief Fire Officer Mike Thomas - who led the UK's International Search and Rescue (UKISAR) response in Haiti last year - has retired from service with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

Mike worked in the Fire Service for 36 years, starting his career in London in 1973, and working in Devon before achieving the rank of Assistant Chief Fire Officer in Lincolnshire in 1998.

He became Lincolnshire's CFO in 2005. Mike has also served as the CFOA lead for the UK International Search and Rescue and the Chief Executive of the Priory Trust incorporating the City of Lincoln Millennium Guild.

He was awarded an MBE for services to peace and stability in Kosovo and the Fire and Rescue Services in 2006, and is a holder of the Queen's Long Service and Good Conduct medal.

Mike will continue to assist developing fire and rescue services in Palestine and Libya and will continue his work with the charity Operation Florian.

His role as Chief has now been taken over by former Lincolnshire Assistant Chief Dave Ramscar.


Date posted: 07.02.11