New Man To Take Charge At Gloucestershire Fire
1 November 2018, 11:32 | Updated: 1 November 2018, 11:38
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue have chosen their new Chief Fire Officer.
Wayne Bowcock will take up the role in the new year.
He replaces Stewart Edgar, who resigned as Chief after an investigation into the sale of a landrover owned by the fire service.
Wayne started his career as a firefighter for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and has 26 years of experience in operational and leadership roles.
He is currently in charge at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Councillor Mark Hawthorne, the leader of Gloucestershire Council, said: "We had a strong field to select from and I would like to thank all those that took part for making our decision a tough one. In the end, Wayne was the stand out candidate, having impressed everyone over the last two days and committee members were unanimous in their decision to appoint him. Wayne has both the technical know how and the strong leadership qualities needed to take the service to the next level. Ahead of Wayne starting I am confident the service will continue to be very well managed by Andy Hermiston who has been Acting Chief Fire Officer since the summer. Andy has done a great job of stabilising the service following a difficult period. I would like to put on record my thanks to Andy for all he has done and look forward to continue working with him, both in his acting and substantive roles."
Wayne Bowcock said: "It is a great honour to have been appointed Gloucestershire's Chief Fire Officer and corporate director. I am looking forward to working with the dedicated men and women in the service, colleagues across the council and with partners to deliver excellent services for the people of Gloucestershire. My wife and children are very excited to relocate to Gloucestershire in the new year and I can't wait to get started."