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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Staffordshire announces new Deputy Chief

05-12-2013

Rebecca Bryant
New Executive Director/Deputy Chief Executive Rebecca Bryant

Staffordshire is once again leading the way after appointing the country’s first ever female Executive Director/Deputy Chief Executive to have risen through the ranks.

"We are already leading the way on a national stage by introducing new ways of working that are both efficient and effective and I will be working hard to build upon the successes we have achieved so far."

Becci Bryant

Becci Bryant is the only woman in England to have achieved this prestigious position after beginning her career as an operational firefighter.

She will officially take on the high profile role on January 1 2014.

Becci joined the fire brigade in 1992 when she was one of the first three female firefighters to enrol at Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service.

Whilst there, she took on the role of Leading Firefighter and then of Sub Officer.

After 10 years of dedicated service, Becci moved to Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service where she worked within the Central Training Unit.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was the next promotion for Becci and in 2005 she joined as an Assistant Area Commander at Newcastle Fire Station and then as Area Commander for Tamworth.

In 2010, Becci took on the challenge of leading the Business Transformation Team where she implemented a host of innovative ideas to ensure taxpayers continue to receive a first class emergency service that is excellent value for money, despite the economic climate.

Under her current role as Director of Organisational Development Becci has led the joint fire control project between Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Service.

She said: "I am really looking forward to taking on this new challenge and helping to shape the future of the fire service in Staffordshire. We are continuing to face difficult financial times and we need to explore innovative ways of working to ensure that the county’s residents and its firefighters are safe, a first class service continues to be provided and that taxpayers receive value for money.

"We are already leading the way on a national stage by introducing new ways of working that are both efficient and effective and I will be working hard to build upon the successes we have achieved so far."

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford added: "Becci is a dynamic and ambitious person who is always thinking one step ahead in order to tackle any potential problems and find appropriate solutions. I am confident that she will make a positive contribution to the leadership of the Service and look forward to working with her as we continue through this period of unprecedented challenge for our organisation and the wider public sector."

Chairman of the Fire Authority Len Bloomer said: "Becci has worked incredibly hard for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and has had a really positive impact since she joined the team in 2005. Her determination and commitment to improving the Service and putting the county on the map nationally is commendable and I am sure that she will build on this in years to come."