Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has appointed Jim McNeil as its new Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO). Jim brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, having served for nearly 25 years with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and the last two and a half years as Assistant Chief Fire Officer in Northumberland.
“I am delighted that Jim has been successful in securing the role of Deputy Chief Fire Officer. His professionalism, passion, and energy which he demonstrates every day make him a key asset to our service. Jim has been with us for two and a half years and during this time has demonstrated a unique ability to nurture people and improve the service that NFRS provides to the communities of Northumberland. I am looking forward to our next chapter.”Chief Fire Officer Graeme Binning
Jim supported the service during the recent HMICFRS inspection, which saw the service continue to make improvements since its previous inspection in 2021. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience and will also lead the country’s wildfire response by recently taking on the mantle of National Wildfire Strategic Lead for the National Fire Chiefs Council.
Commenting on his appointment, Jim said, “I am truly honoured with my appointment to the DCFO role. I relish the opportunity to work closely with my Chief Fire Officer and all our wonderful staff to deliver our vision of making Northumberland safer. As a modern and improving Fire Service, we will continue to work in collaboration with Northumberland County Council to ensure those who work, live, or visit this beautiful county continue to be safe.”