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New name in hot seat at county fire and rescue service

A new chief fire officer has been named to lead the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

Wayne Bowcock has also been named on the county council's corporate management team where he will champion the work of the service.

Mr Bowcock was appointed following "an extensive two day interview process" in October last year.

Cllr Dave Norman, Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service said: "Wayne impressed everyone during the two day interview process and it is great that he is now in post."

Mr Bowcock said: "I am proud to join a service that is as well-equipped, highly skilled, and motivated as GFRS. I fully intend to build upon these strengths and provide the highest standard of service to communities across the county."

The new incumbent began his career as a firefighter for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and has clocked-up 26 years experience in a range of operational and leadership roles.

Since 2014 he was deputy chief fire officer for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, which included leading on cultural and organisational development, service delivery and corporate support.

Mr Bowcock also sits on the National Fire Chief's Council operations committee and is chair of the National Fire Chief's Council Training Managers Forum.

He also chaired the East Midlands Fire and Rescue Operations Committee, working to embed national learning and collaboration to improve effectiveness and efficiency across the East Midlands area.

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