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Higgins new FIRESA chairman

15 November 2019

FIRESA COUNCIL current chairman James Jones is standing down after two years in post and is set to be replaced by Bernie Higgins.

Previously a Principal Officer in the UK Fire and Rescue Sector, Bernie has been active in the fire sector for forty years and is able to bring sector specific knowledge and strong sector relationships as well as outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills to the position. He has been an active member on Council for over two years, contributing at meetings and delivering on his role as Head of Technology and R&D Workstream.

Bernie says :I will continue to build on the excellent work carried out by my predecessors. We have made great strides as a Council over the last several years but have seen some of this important work suffer some setbacks, for example on centralised equipment appraisal and testing. As Chairman, I will lead our efforts to ensure that collaboration within the sector is improved to the benefit of both the Services and the suppliers.

"The coming years will see more change for our industry as the outcomes from the Grenfell enquiry are delivered. We also, of course, have the challenges of Brexit and both of these will bring opportunities as well as risks for our businesses. This will be a watershed period for the fire sector as a whole.:"