Avon Fire Authority has announced the appointment of Mick Crennell as the permanent Chief Fire Officer (CFO) of Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS).

CFO Crennell has been the interim Chief Fire Officer since August 2017 but was appointed into the role permanently following a competitive process in which both internal and external applications were invited.

Chair of Avon Fire Authority Councillor Donald Davies said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm the transition of Mick from his interim post to become our permanent CFO. I am grateful for all he has done for us over the last nine months and the stability he brought during a challenging time.

“My thanks also go to Councillor Alan Hale, Chair of the Employment Committee, who led a robust appointment process.”

CFO Crennell said: “I am extremely proud to have been appointed Chief Fire Officer as I’ve very much enjoyed my time since joining AF&RS in August. I am delighted that Avon Fire Authority has placed its trust in me to continue the journey we’ve started.”

Prior to joining AF&RS Mick Crennell was the Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Mid and West Wales (MAWW), a post he had held for two years. He joined MAWW in 2015 from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service where he started his career as a Firefighter in 1992.