New Top Team Members At East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

Thursday 23rd June 2016

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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed its new Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Dawn Whittaker, and Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Mark Andrews.

They joined on 1 June 2016, and attended the Service’s Award Ceremony on 17 June 2016.

Chief Fire Officer Gary Walsh said, “We are very pleased Dawn and Mark have joined East Sussex Fire and Rescue. Their expertise and experience will be invaluable as we continue with our plans to transform the Service. We have plenty of challenges and opportunities ahead including the move to shared headquarters with the police in Lewes, further collaboration with partners and of course ensuring we continue to service our community in difficult financial times.”

Dawn Whittaker joins us from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service with a specialist knowledge in Health and Safety.

As Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Dawn will lead on the following areas: Training and Assurance, Resources/Financial and Planning and Improvement. In the coming months she will lead on our Integrated Risk Management Plan which helps ensure that we understand the risks faced by our communities and that we are taking appropriate action to reduce and to deal with those risks.  

As the Chief Fire Officers Association’s Lead Officer for Drowning Prevention and Water Safety, she also wants to raise awareness of this issue in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

Mark Andrews has taken on the role of Assistant Chief Fire Officer – Director of Service Delivery and joins us from London Fire Brigade.

Mark has a special interest in business safety and aims to build on the work already being carried out by the Service in this important area. This is part of his remit as the lead on Safer Communities, Operational Support and Resilience, HR and Organisational Development. He too has a lead role within the Chief Fire Officers Association - on waste and recycling fires and higher risk accommodation.


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