County gets new fire chief

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has appointed Jamie Courtney as the county's new chief fire officer.
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has appointed Jamie Courtney as the county's new chief fire officer.

A NEW fire chief has been appointed for the county who will have to juggle managing fire services with dealing with Government spending cuts.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has appointed Jamie Courtney as the county’s new chief fire officer.

Mr Courtney, 49, has been in the role on an interim basis since April 2011 following the departure of Mark Smitherman.

He joined South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue in November 2006 and has held a number of high-level roles including deputy chief fire officer, area manager - head of emergency response and assistant chief fire officer for service delivery.

Mr Courtney started his career with Merseyside Fire and Rescue and has spent a year at Her Majesty’s Fire Service Inspectorate.

He said: “It is a great honour to take up the role of chief fire officer for South Yorkshire on a full-time basis. During the last ten months I have been delighted to lead the service through a very challenging period and I look forward to continuing this for the foreseeable future.

“I am under no illusions that with the current economic climate we face testing times to find ways of making the savings in our budget. However, we have an extremely skilful and hard working team across South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and alongside the Fire Authority, community partners and members of the public I believe that together we can overcome the difficulties which face us.”