Alan Robson has been appointed Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACO).
Alan, born in Blyth, originally joined Northumberland Fire and Rescue in 1989 as an operational firefighter, transferring to TWFRS in 1995.
For the last 10 months, he has been working in the role in a temporary capacity.
“I’m delighted and humbled by my appointment,” said Alan. “The selection process was incredibly thorough and I had some very tough competition for the post.
“In particular, I would like to thank Chris Lowther, Chief Fire Officer, who provided me with support and leadership whilst in my temporary role.
“The success achieved over my time in the post could not have been delivered without the commitment, expertise and professionalism of our whole workforce.
“My focus is now to build upon the improvements needed to safeguard our outstanding service.
“We are one of the safest and best performing fire and rescue services in the UK and it is vital that this is sustained for the long-term. I also look forward to playing a key role in making us more inclusive and representative of the communities we serve.”
Throughout his career, Alan has fulfilled a broad range of roles including leading firefighter, sub officer and station officer, before moving to management roles in fire safety, operations and community safety.
He has also held senior manager positions in service delivery, regional control, human resources, learning and development, strategy and planning.
He has contributed to the development of operational strategy, policy and procedures, organisational reviews and the preparation required for hosting large scale multi-agency exercises and events.
Coun Tom Wright, chairman of Tyne and Wear Fire Authority, said: “Alan was an impressive candidate and will make an excellent assistant chief fire officer – a role he has already been delivering since April last year. Alan’s operational experience and his leadership qualities will be of huge benefit to the service.”