THE COUNTY’S fire service has appointed a new second-in-command.
Assistant chief officer at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Andy Bowers, will take up the role of deputy fire chief officer from Monday, January 1, 2018.
A father-of-three, the 54-year-old from Gosport has worked for the county’s fire service for more than 30 years and also serves as the response and learning and development director – making him responsible for all emergency response and training activities.
Mr Bowers is also the national lead for the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) on command and control, acting as a key figure in shaping industry policy and best practice.
Andy – who has a master’s degree in business and crisis and disaster management at the University of Portsmouth – was also awarded the Security Institute’s Wilf Knight Award in 2014 for research.
His appointment comes less than a month after Neil Odin was named as the service’s chief officer.