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Cleveland Fire Authority appoints new Assistant Chief Fire Officer


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Cleveland Fire Authority announces new appointment

Cleveland Fire Authority is has announced the appointment of Simon Weastell as the new Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Community Protection.

Simon Weastell, who has been serving in a temporary role as the strategic lead for Community Protection, will now take on this substantive post with immediate effect.

This follows a robust and competitive selection process.

Weastell brings over 30 years of experience to the role, having begun his career as an On Call Firefighter at Yarm Station in 1993.

His extensive service at Cleveland Fire Brigade has equipped him with valuable knowledge and expertise in fire safety and community protection.

Simon Weastell expresses gratitude and commitment

Upon his appointment, Weastell expressed his enthusiasm and gratitude: “I am truly privileged to be offered the opportunity to serve the communities of Cleveland as Assistant Chief Fire Officer – Community Protection.

“I am absolutely delighted, proud and humbled to be appointed to this role by the Fire Authority and I would like to thank Members for this opportunity.

“It is a real privilege to serve the people of Teesside and to work in such a professional and dedicated Service with people that give their all for our communities.”

He further added, “When I started my career as an On Call Firefighter, I could never have imagined having the incredible opportunities that the fire service has presented me with.

“I am so grateful for all the support I have received, and for the trust that has been placed in me.

“I’d like to particularly thank everyone who has supported me at home and at work including my wife, Mary and family, friends, and colleagues.”

Weastell also outlined his vision for his new role: “My focus as Assistant Chief Fire Officer will be on making sure that we continue to deliver the commitments of our Community Risk Management Plan effectively and ensure that the Brigade continues its journey to become an outstanding fire and rescue service.”

Leadership support and community impact

Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton praised Simon’s appointment, highlighting its significance for the community and the fire service: “This is fantastic news for our fire service and for the communities that we serve.

“Simon brings a wealth of experience to this position and his passion, determination, dedication and tenacity will be vital to helping us shape and improve our services.

“I look forward to working closely with him to achieve this for residents of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton.”

IFSJ Comment

The appointment of Simon Weastell as the Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Community Protection marks a significant step in Cleveland Fire Brigade’s efforts to enhance community safety and fire protection services.

With Weastell’s  extensive experience and deep commitment to the community, the Brigade is well-positioned to advance its operational effectiveness and achieve its strategic goals.

This leadership transition underscores the importance of experience and dedication in managing community safety and emergency responses effectively.

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