Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Bob Russell is retiring tomorrow after 33 years of service.
"His straightforward approach was valued and respected by everyone that he worked with and we will certainly miss his contribution as he goes off to enjoy a well earned and well deserved retirement."
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford
Bob joined Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service in July 1977 as a firefighter, where he remained until 1988 when he transferred to Staffordshire as a Station Officer at Burslem Fire Station. In 1991 Bob became an Assistant Divisional Officer at North Division Headquarters before moving up through the ranks becoming a Divisional Officer then a Senior Divisional Officer based at various stations. During his last few years at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Bob has served as an Area Manager at Stoke on Trent Area Command and finally, Assistant Chief Fire Officer as a member of the Principal Management Team.
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: "Bob built a reputation throughout his service in Staffordshire as an extremely dedicated, dependable and professional Officer who demonstrated competence at every turn. Not only was Bob a pleasure to work with in a professional sense he was also extremely personable.
"He had a great capacity to get even the most difficult jobs done whilst keeping people involved on side and contributing to the outcomes required. His straightforward approach was valued and respected by everyone that he worked with and we will certainly miss his contribution as he goes off to enjoy a well earned and well deserved retirement."