Derbyshire's new deputy chief fire officer is from the High Peak

A new deputy chief fire officer for Derbyshire will take up the role in the summer - and he's from the High Peak.

Rob Taylor (pictured) has been appointed by the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority and will assume his duties from August. 

It follows the retirement of the incumbent, Rick Roberts. 

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service say that Mr Taylor's appointment was supported by Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Gavin Tomlinson and the county's Chief Constable Rachel Swann following a 'robust selection process'. 

Mr Taylor, from Buxton, began his career at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service before transferring to Derbyshire in December 2008 as a firefighter. 

He first served at Buxton Fire Station until his promotion to Station Manager in 2016. In addition to being a wholetime Firefighter, Mr Taylor was also an On-Call Watch Manager at Buxton between 2013 and 2016.

As a Station Manager, Mr Taylor worked in Operational Training at the Services Joint Training Centre before his promotion to Group Manager, where he led the Services Prevention and Inclusion department. Since 2019, Rob has been an Area Manager, initially with responsibility for Community Safety and more recently Service Delivery.

Mr Taylor said he is 'immensely proud' to be given the role. 

He commented: "It is an exciting time to step into this role, supporting and leading the Service as it faces the challenges ahead. The sector continues to evolve and look for different ways to support the needs of our diverse communities and the near future will present key opportunities to demonstrate the value that the fire service represents.

"I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the dedicated, professional employees who deliver a first class service to the communities of Derbyshire and further developing our collaborative relationships with partners, as we continue to Make Derbyshire Safer Together." 

Councillor Kevin Buttery, the Chair of the Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Rob Taylor as the new Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, taking over the position from the current Deputy, Rick Roberts who is retiring from the Service in July this year.

“Rob, who has been a longstanding valued member of the Service’s strategic leadership team, brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and skill that will ensure the Service continues to improve, whilst remaining a high achieving fire and rescue service, delivering first class efficient and effective services to the communities of Derbyshire.”

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