Renfrewshire Fire Chief resigns for top English job


Renfrewshire’s fire supremo has resigned for a prominent post with an English brigade.

Jim McNeil crosses the border to Northumberland after serving as Deputy Fire Chief.

He was based in Johnstone while commanding fire operations for Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.

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The chief spent 24 years and nine months with the firefighters in Scotland, notably in Ayrshire where he resided.

His last Scottish command allowed him to cover a population of 350,000, from seven full-time stations and four retained bases with a staff of 320.

He had held the Renfrewshire post for 11 months.

The new role has 16 fire stations covering a population of 319,000 and will be based at the Cramlington head office.

Unlike Scotland, the service is run by the regional council and employs 462 people.

Jim said: “I am really looking forward to working with my new department, working closely with the management team and our staff to realize our vision of making Northumberland safer.

“It’s also exciting to be part of Northumberland County Council – to work together to keep our communities and residents safe and healthy. “

NFRS Fire Chief Paul Hedley commented, “I am delighted to welcome such a talented and highly respected officer and Jim is a great appointment for us. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, and I am sure he will bring real innovation and a fresh perspective to the services we provide to our communities and to our partnerships.

“I am truly excited about how he will work with all of our staff and County Council colleagues to shape and influence the future of the NFRS.”

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