Stewart Edgar from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland joined Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service on 24 February as the county’s new Chief Fire Officer.
Stewart’s association with the fire and rescue service began in 1991, when he joined Tayside Fire Brigade as a retained firefighter. He was successful in becoming a full-time firefighter in 1993 and was promoted to Area Manager in 2007. Moving to Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service as Deputy Chief Fire Officer, he was quickly appointed as the Interim Leader of the service, becoming their last Chief Fire Officer before the service was amalgamated into the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
He was awarded The Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the 2013 birthday honours list, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the fire service and local communities.
Stewart said, “I am extremely honoured and privileged to become the new Chief Fire Officer of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and as the Operations Director of the County Council. Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has a reputation of being a high performing fire and rescue service. It is my intention to ensure that the communities of Gloucestershire continue to receive the highest standards of community safety and emergency response services and at the same time being efficient and delivering value for money.”
Stewart replaces Jon Hall who retired from the service last month after more than 30 years.