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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire Chief to receive honorary degree

11/08/2017

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant
Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (SFRS) Chief Fire Officer (CFO) is to be honoured by a local university.

"It is an absolute privilege to receive an honorary degree from a local university and I’m really looking forward to attending the prestigious graduation ceremony."

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

The University of Wolverhampton announced its list of honorary degrees on Thursday (August 10), which will be awarded to people they feel have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise.

CFO Becci Bryant will become an Honorary Doctor of Professional Practice at the graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Arts at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Tuesday September 19, 2017.

The award will be given in recognition of her contribution and achievements in the fire and rescue service and for acting as an inspirational leader in the field.

On hearing the news Becci said: "It is an absolute privilege to receive an honorary degree from a local university and I’m really looking forward to attending the prestigious graduation ceremony.

“When I started my career back in the 90s I never imagined I would be here today but my goal remains the same, to do my bit to help others and keep our communities safe.” 

At the time of her appointment as CFO Becci Bryant was the only woman in the UK to have achieved this prestigious position after beginning her career as an operational firefighter with Bedfordshire and Luton Fire Service in 1992.

After moving to Cheshire Fire Service in 2002, where she spent three years working within the Central Training Unit, Becci secured a promotion at SFRS in 2005 when she joined the Service as an Assistant Area Commander at Newcastle Fire Station and later took on the role of Area Commander at Tamworth.

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

Becci was then appointed as Director of Organisational Development where she led the joint fire control project between Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Fire Service.

In 2014 she became the first woman in the country to achieve the role of Executive Director/Deputy Chief Executive, having started her career as an operational firefighter, before securing appointment as Chief Fire Officer in April 2016.