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TWFRS appoint assistant chief fire officer

21 January 2020

Peter Heath has been appointed Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACO), following an extensive selection process.

Peter, who was born in Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, joins TWFRS from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service where he was deputy assistant chief fire officer and head of response and resilience.

Tyne and Wear Fire Authority chair, Cllr Tony Taylor, said: “There is no doubt that this was a challenging recruitment process, with many excellent candidates all of whom had much to offer the Service as an ACO. However, I have no doubt that Peter’s experience and knowledge will make him an excellent assistant chief fire officer and a great addition to our Service”.

Commenting on his appointment, Peter said: “I am delighted to be joining Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. I’m looking forward to working with CFO Chris Lowther in leading and driving forward community and firefighter safety, on which I will be placing a strong focus. TWFRS is a fantastic service with wonderful and talented staff. I will work tirelessly to do my best to lead and support them to deliver excellent services to the communities of Tyne and Wear.’

Peter replaces ACO Alan Robson who retired in January 2020 after 24 years with the TWFRS, having joined Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service as an operational firefighter in 1989.