Notts: Buckley to be county’s new fire chief

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue’s new Chief Fire Officer will be John Buckley – who will take over from the retiring Frank Swann on 1st April 2014.
John Buckley will be Nottinghamshire's new chief fire officerJohn Buckley will be Nottinghamshire's new chief fire officer
John Buckley will be Nottinghamshire's new chief fire officer

Mr Buckley is the current Deputy Chief Fire Officer and was appointed as the new chief at a meeting of the full Notts Fire & Rescue Authority on 13th December.

Members chose him for the role following a rigorous interview process earlier the same week.

Fire Authority chairman Coun Darrell Pulk said: “I’m delighted that we interviewed the current deputy and the entire appointment committee’s view was that John will make an exceptional chief.”

“We are sorry to see Frank go – but at the same time we are looking forward to working with John to help create even safer communities across the county.”

“John went through a demanding set of tests and we got support from some external independent experts and we are happy he is the right person for the job.”

Mr Buckley joined the Notts service in 1996 and worked his way through the ranks, attaining the role of deputy chief fire officer in May 2012.

He said: “I’m really proud to have started here and now reached the most senior position.”

“My aim is to continue the fantastic work we are already doing to make Nottinghamshire a safer place – and it’s by working together with the community, firefighters and staff, and the Fire Authority that we’ll achieve this.”