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The new Chairman of the Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority is Nick Chard. His appointment was agreed by the Authority meeting yesterday (13 June).
Mr Chard has been a Member of Kent County Council since 1997 and he has held positions there including Cabinet Member for Finance and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste.
“Kent Fire and Rescue Service is one of the leading fire services in the country and I am delighted and very proud to be appointed to lead the Authority” said Nick Chard.
“Like every public service, we are facing a tough financial climate, however I believe that by continuing to innovate we can maintain the high quality service that the people of Kent and Medway want and deserve. I look forward to working with other Authority Members, KFRS staff and other public sector colleagues to meet that challenge to deliver this vital service to local people.
“Having led as the KCC Cabinet Member on Highways for some years, I appreciate the devastating impact of road traffic collisions. I have been impressed with the work Kent Fire and Rescue Service has done to help ensure young people understand the dangers – as drivers and passengers. I intend to take a particular interest in promoting the safety of young people on the roads, particularly through KFRS’s innovative road safety centre which is planned to open in 2015.”
Mr Chard succeeds Bryan Cope who retired before the May elections and was KMFRA Chairman for eight years.
Tom Mason, Medway Member for Strood Rural Sevenoaks West Maidstone Rural West, has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Authority.