Chief Tayside Fire Officer to retire

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TAYSIDE Fire and Rescue Chief Fire Officer Stephen Hunter will retire today (Friday) after 33 years’ service.

His departure was approved at Monday’s meeting of Tayside Fire and Rescue Board.

The Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Alasdair Hay, will now become Acting Chief Fire Officer and Assistant Chief Fire Officer David Boyle will step up to become Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer.

Mr Hunter commented: “It has been a privilege to serve the communities of Tayside as a member of Tayside Fire and Rescue for the last 33 years and an honour to serve as Chief Fire Officer for 11 of those years.

“I have had the good fortune to work with an excellent team of dedicated, enthusiastic people.

“We have worked extremely hard to ensure that Tayside firefighters are the best equipped, most highly trained in Scotland and are capable of delivering a wide range of high quality emergency response services to all of our communities.”

Mr Hunter closed: “It was extremely gratifying for this high performance in virtually every aspect of our work to be recognised recently by Audit Scotland, who identified Tayside Fire and Rescue as a high performing community safety and emergency response service.”