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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire and Rescue Authority announces Chairman and Vice Chairman

14/06/2013

Members of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority have voted in their Chairman and Vice Chairman for the coming year.

“I am 100 per cent committed to continuing the excellent work that the Fire and Rescue Authority has carried out in order to achieve its aim of helping to make Staffordshire the safest place to be. It is an honour to have been elected as Chairman for the fifth year in a row.”

Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority Len Bloomer

Staffordshire County Councillor Len Bloomer has retained his seat as Chairman for the fifth consecutive year. He has served on the Authority since 2001.

Stoke-on-Trent City Councillor Kath Banks has taken on the role of Vice Chairman.

Together, they will lead meetings of the Authority which is made up of 25 councillors from across the political spectrum.

The Authority is responsible for approving high profile strategies including the Corporate Safety Plan and the budget.

Mr Bloomer said: “The Authority plays a key role in ensuring the aims of the Service are delivered - to protect, support and respond to the needs of our communities, to make them stronger and safer.

“I am 100 per cent committed to continuing the excellent work that the Fire and Rescue Authority has carried out in order to achieve its aim of helping to make Staffordshire the safest place to be. It is an honour to have been elected as Chairman for the fifth year in a row.”

Mrs Banks was presented with the Sonja Oatley Award for Member Involvement in the Community for her support of the Service at the 2013 MORE Awards.

The award recognised her dedication to improving the lives of local people and encouraging older and younger residents to get involved with the Service.

Mrs Banks added: “I am delighted to have been elected as Vice Chairman of the Authority. I have worked closely with the Service for more than 25 years and strongly believe that we have an outstanding team in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, both in terms of frontline firefighters and our support staff who deal with a range of emergencies on a regular basis. I am very much looking forward to taking on my new role and making a positive difference to the Service in the future.”

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority hosts six meetings per year as well as a number of committee meetings which are open to the press and public.

For more information visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/316.asp

In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.