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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chairman and Vice Chairman announced

08/06/2015

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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 seventh year running. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is a forward-thinking organisation that is always exploring new innovations for the benefit of the communities it serves. I look forward to spending another year supporting the work of the Service and helping it to achieve the best possible outcomes for residents.”

Councillor Len Bloomer - Chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority

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

Stoke-on-Trent City Councillor Lee Wanger has been elected as Vice Chairman, taking over from Councillor Kath Banks. Mr Wanger has sat on the Authority since 2006.

Together, they will lead meetings of the Authority which is now made up of 21 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: "It is a real honour to have been voted as Chairman of the Authority for the seventh year running. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is a forward-thinking organisation that is always exploring new innovations for the benefit of the communities it serves. I look forward to spending another year supporting the work of the Service and helping it to achieve the best possible outcomes for residents."

Mr Wanger added: "Councillor Kath Banks carried out the role of Vice Chairman in an exemplary manner and she will be a very hard act to follow. I am, however, delighted to have been elected to take on the position. It is a privilege to have been given this opportunity and I am keen to play an active part in shaping the way this vital Service is being delivered now and will be delivered 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.