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Search to find Essex’s next Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive begins

The recruitment process to find Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s next Chief Executive/Chief Fire Officer has begun.

Interested candidates can find out more about the application process here:

In June, Jo Turton announced her retirement after three and a half years in the role.

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Since becoming Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive three years ago, Jo has made a significant contribution to making Essex a safer place of which she should be proud. Her energy, dedication and commitment has driven her work as she has reshaped the service, empowering significant positive cultural change.”

Speaking about the recruitment process, Roger said: “We need to make sure that the public in Essex are getting the best possible fire and rescue service – it’s what our public expects and

deserves. This means we need a service that continues to drive down the number of incidents, has effective and efficient prevention, protection and response activities in place, works well within communities and with their partners and is transparent, open and accessible, as well as being a great place to work.

“We now seek an inspirational, progressive and experienced Chief Executive/Chief Fire Officer to lead the direction and the provision of an efficient and effective management strategy that ensures service delivery of the key objectives of the Authority. We need a leader who can continue

to deliver our high standards of operational delivery, while also engaging positively with the unions, and working collaboratively with Essex Police.

“With ECFRS in a stronger, more resilient place than ever, this is an exciting time to lead one of the biggest fire and rescue services in the country.”


Applications for the position close at 8am on Wednesday, August 25th.

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