CFOA welcomes Peter Dartford as new President

New CFOA President Peter Dartford (right) receives the Presidential Seal from 2013/14 CFOA President, Paul Fuller (left).

New CFOA President Peter Dartford (right) receives the Presidential Seal from 2013/14 CFOA President, Paul Fuller (left).

The Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) has announced the appointment of Peter Dartford QFSM as CFOA President for 2014-15.

Peter, Chief Fire Officer of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, was inaugurated as President at the association’s annual general meeting on 15 September 2014.

CFOA also welcomed new Vice President Elect, Dave Etheridge, Chief Fire Officer at Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, who joins Vice President Paul Hancock, Chief Fire Officer at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, on the presidential team.

Peter Dartford said, “I would like to thank outgoing President, Paul Fuller, for his hard work and dedication, both during his presidential office and over the whole of his three years on the presidential team. His insight and focus have been invaluable during this often challenging year.

“I am honoured to be elected, and look forward to taking forward our vision of supporting transformational change, and to building upon our positive relationships with the government, health service and other partners.

“I also hope to further promote the wider role fire and rescue services play in improving social outcomes – from reducing anti-social behaviour to improving health and wellbeing.”

In his presidential address, Peter set out a number of key objectives for his presidential term:

  • To promote the fire and rescue service operationally – in particular to government, encouraging it to regard the service as a key delivery partner for a whole range of outcomes that the Government is seeking to deliver
  • To promote the fire and rescue service’s Prevention and Protection role – highlighting the impact that the service has on so many people’s lives, and its commitment to improving the well-being of local communities in a huge variety of ways
  • To continue to support the fire and rescue service through transformational change – the service is already innovating, and CFOA has the ability to share the experience and best practice of these areas.