acojohnrobertsSouth Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has appointed John Roberts as Assistant Chief Fire Officer following predecesor Neil Hessell's retirement from the service at the end of 2012.

ACO Roberts was previously an Area Manager for the Sheffield and Barnsley districts, and headed the service’s Emergency Response directorate. He formally took over as Assistant Chief Fire Officer from January 1.

"I am delighted to be appointed Assistant Chief," said ACO Roberts. "This fire service quite rightly has a reputation as one of the finest in the country, and although we are facing some significant challenges, I believe we can still continue to deliver a first-class service to the people of South Yorkshire."

ACO Roberts moved to South Yorkshire in 2009 after previous spells as a firefighter with Merseyside and FireLink Regional Coordination Manager at the Department of Communities & Local Government.

Chair of South Yorkshire Fire Authority Cllr Jim Andrews said: "I would like to congratulate John on his appointment. We are all looking forward to working with him at what is an extremely important time for the service.

"There was an extremely strong field of candidates for this post, both from within South Yorkshire and from across the country. The number of applicants reflects the esteem in which our Service is held nationally, and the fact that John was successful is testament to the pedigree of the officers we have at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue."

Posted 07/01/2013 by richard.hook@pavpub.com