South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has appointed a new Deputy Chief Fire Officer. Jamie Courtney, 49, will take up the role with immediate effect from Steve Swarbrick who retired as Deputy last month.

Mr Courtney steps up from his previous role as Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Service Delivery. He has been with the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue since November 2006, where he transferred from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

Mr Courtney said: "I'm delighted to have been appointed to this role. I am looking forward to working with the Fire and Rescue Authority, and with my colleagues here at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, to address the challenges facing us in a difficult financial climate."

Jim Andrews, chair of South Yorkshire Fire Authority, added: "We are pleased to appoint Mr Courtney to the position of Deputy Chief Fire Officer and feel he will be a real asset. 

"The Authority has already worked closely with him during the last few years on improving the service and we are keen to build on this relationship further, helping to maintain the safety of the public across South Yorkshire."

Mr Courtney began as a firefighter at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in January 1990 and progressed through the ranks. He has also spent a year at Her Majesty's Fire Service Inspectorate.


Posted: 10.08am, 06.04.11