Humberside Fire and Rescue Service confirms new Chief Fire Officer

Phil Shillito.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Authority has confirmed the appointment of its next Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Phil Shillito.

Mr Shillito has worked within the fire and rescue service for 34 years, initially at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service before transferring to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service in 2016 as Director of Public Safety. He later became the Deputy Chief Fire Officer in 2020.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Shillito said, “It’s been a privilege working at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service alongside Chief Fire Officer Chris Blacksell. I’m honoured to follow him as Chief when he leaves later this year and progress the great work the Service is doing. From our fantastic partnership working, to delivering our vision of safer communities and safer firefighters, there is so much great work to continue.”

Mr Shillito will start his new role on 15 October. In the meantime, he will continue to work closely with the current Chief, leading on delivering a fire and rescue service to the communities across the Humber region.

Chris Blacksell added, “I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Shillito, who will take over from me when I leave the role in October. He will be fantastic in the role.”