Members of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority have voted in their Chairman and Vice Chairman for the coming year.
"It is a real honour to have been voted as Chairman of the Authority for the sixth year running. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is leading the way on the national stage and is a real pioneer of new innovations."
Len Bloomer - Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority Chairman
Staffordshire County Councillor Len Bloomer has retained his seat as Chairman for the sixth consecutive year. He has served on the Authority since 2001.
Stoke-on-Trent City Councillor Kath Banks has been re-elected as Vice Chairman for the second year in a row.
Together, they will lead meetings of the Authority which is now made up of 21 councillors from across the political spectrum, having been reduced from 25.
The Authority is responsible for approving high profile strategies including the Corporate Safety Plan and the budget.
Mr Bloomer said: "It is a real honour to have been voted as Chairman of the Authority for the sixth year running. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is leading the way on the national stage and is a real pioneer of new innovations. As Chairman it is a privilege to be a part of that work, playing a key role in supporting the Service to achieve its aims. This, in turn, benefits our communities, making them stronger and safer."
Mrs Banks added: "I’m delighted to have been re-elected as Vice Chairman. The last year has been a really interesting experience. We have faced many challenges as a Service and have also celebrated many successes. I have been deeply involved with the Service for over 25 years and it is a privilege to be an integral part of shaping the way it is being delivered now and will be delivered in the future."
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.
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.