Meet the deputy chief officer of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Andy Bowers, who will take on the role of deputy fire chief officer at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Andy Bowers, who will take on the role of deputy fire chief officer at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

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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.

Assistant Chief Andy Bowers

Assistant Chief Andy Bowers

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.