New Deputy Chief Fire Officer for South Yorkshire

imageSouth Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR) has appointed a new Deputy Chief Fire Officer following an extensive recruitment process.
John Roberts, who is SYFR’s current Assistant Chief Fire Officer, has stepped up to the new role today (1 April) following the retirement of the former Deputy, Mark Shaw.
Mr Roberts, aged 39, initially joined SYFR in October 2009, becoming Assistant Chief in January 2013, after beginning his career at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in 1997.
Fire Authority Chair, Cllr Jim Andrews, said, “I would like to congratulate John on his appointment. We had some excellent applicants for this role from up and down the country. The panel was particularly impressed with John’s achievements in South Yorkshire in recent years, and his vision for the future of our Service.”
Chief Fire Officer James Courtney, added, “John has been an excellent addition to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue since he joined us in 2009. I look forward to continuing to work closely with him in enhancing the services we provide to the South Yorkshire public.”