CFOA Welcomes New President and Autumn Conference Day One

CFOA is pleased to announce that Paul Hancock, Chief Fire Officer, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), has taken on the role of CFOA President at this year’s AGM.

_DSC8517Paul, pictured with former President Peter Dartford, Chief Fire Officer of Staffordshire FRS, will lead CFOA as President until September 2016.

When installed as President, Paul told members ‘I’m extremely proud and indeed honoured to be taking up the role of President of the Association. It is an important leadership role and one which represents our membership  and proactively promotes the role and work of the Fire and Rescue Service.’

Following the AGM, Peter Dartford returned to the stage with Adam Harrod from ITN Productions to launch ‘Beyond Blue Lights’, an in-depth, online programme aimed at the fire and rescue service sector which explores the scope of the fire service and the ways in which it can be utilised even further, raise awareness about fire safety, and discuss the impact of effective data sharing on response times and outcomes. The full programme will be available on the CFOA website shortly.

Vice-President Dave Etheridge and CFOA’s four strategic directors then explained to delegates how the Association’s programme of work will contribute to achieving the ‘CFOA Will’ statements set out in our strategy document ‘Making the Difference Needed’.

Delegates also heard updates from CFOA National Resilience, the Members’ Sounding Board and the Fire Fighters Charity as well as Platinum Associate Members – Airwave, PBI Performance Products and Ballyclare before being joined by Adrian Thomas, who spoke about his forthcoming review of culture, values and barriers to change in the terms and conditions of the fire and rescue service.

The final session of the day saw President Paul Hancock deliver his address to the Members present following an address by Fire Minister Mark Francois MP, delivered via video. This was followed by a discussion amongst members on the government’s recently released consultation on emergency services collaboration.

CFOA Board
CFOA Board 2015-16 – PPRS Director Lewis Ramsay, Vice President Elect Andy Fry, POD Director Ann Millington, President Paul Hancock, CSSI Director Geoff Howsego, Vice President Dave Etheridge, Operations Director Roy Wilsher

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