The Appointments Panel of Wiltshire and Swindon Combined Fire Authority has appointed Simon Routh-Jones as the new Chief Fire Officer of Wiltshire. Mr Routh-Jones was formerly Deputy Chief Fire Officer, and has been Interim Chief Fire Officer since April 1, following the retirement of Andy Goves. The appointment came after two days of assessments and interviews, held on June 8-9.
Cllr Brigadier Robert Hall, Chairman of the Fire Authority, said: "We had a very rigorous and thorough process to choose a new Chief Fire Officer, and some very high quality candidates. I was delighted to offer the post to Simon Routh-Jones, who has served Wiltshire loyally for more than 30 years. Simon is very ambitious for the future of Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, and his knowledge and experience will be vital as we face the challenging times ahead."
Mr Routh-Jones said: "I am obviously very pleased and hugely honoured to be made Chief Fire Officer. I have spent my entire career within the fire service in Wiltshire, and I have nothing but admiration for our personnel, who work so tirelessly to protect our local communities."