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New Assistant Chief Fire Officer appointed

Date : 05 May 2021

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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is pleased to confirm that Mark Matthews (centre in photo) has been appointed as its new Assistant Chief Fire Officer.  

Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker said:

“I am delighted to be able to announce that Mark is our new Assistant Chief Fire Officer.  It was a rigorous process with stiff competition so Mark did extremely well and he thoroughly deserves it. I am sure everyone will join me in offering Mark congratulations.”

Mark’s career began in East Sussex in 1998 and has been the Interim Assistant Chief Fire Officer since November 2020.

He said: 

“I feel so very privileged to be appointed to the role of ACFO in the Service that I am very proud of and after all these years still feel immensely fortunate to be a part of. I continue to work alongside some remarkable colleagues who have supported me over many years and I am incredibly grateful to each and every one of them. I will, of course, continue to give my all and very much look forward to enabling an environment where colleagues through their respective roles are able to continue to collectively deliver a first class service to those that need simply need our help.”

The announcement comes after a rigorous recruitment process, which began in February and saw 6 short-listed candidates (3 from the fire sector and 3 from other sectors including military, health and local authority) involved in a comprehensive assessment centre.

As well as a full interview panel, the process included a staff forum, a stakeholder panel, a presentation, and a command assessment.  The assessment centre involved members of our own staff alongside senior leaders from Sussex Police, East Sussex County Council and other Fire and Rescue Services. 


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