East Sussex Fire Authority has thanked Chief Fire Officer Gary Walsh ahead of his retirement this spring.
Fire Authority Chairman Phil Howson said, “I have had the pleasure of working with Gary for many years and have always been impressed by his hard work and dedication. Over his 14 years with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, he has helped make it a Service we can all be proud of. He will be missed and we wish him well in the future.”
A special presentation was made at the Fire Authority meeting on Tuesday (14 February).
Gary has had a long and successful career, previously working in Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and supporting national improvements with his work for Chief Fire Officers Association.
He joined East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service in 2003, was awarded the Long Service and Conduct Medal in 2006 and the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in 2015 for services to the Fire and Rescue Service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Mr Howson added, “We are pleased to confirm that our current Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker will become our interim Chief Fire Officer. It is important we have continuity at this time in this role as we have several important local projects to deliver, including our HQ move to Lewes and with several national changes being initiated including a new fire reform agenda driving forward change in the Service. We know Dawn will help keep East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service moving forward, putting the safety of our communities and our firefighters at the centre of what we do.”
Dawn joined East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and latterly as a professional adviser to Government, she will step into the interim role in April 2017.