Northumberland FRS appoints new Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Graeme Binning has been appointed Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service’s (NFRS) Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO), following an extensive selection process.

Graeme, who was born in Stirling, in Scotland, joins NFRS from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, where he was Area Manager/Local Senior Officer for East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde. In this role he was responsible for the delivery of the fire and rescue service across three local authority areas covering a population of 350,000 incorporating seven wholetime stations and four retained duty system stations.

Commenting on his appointment, Graeme said, “I am delighted to be joining Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and I’m looking forward to getting to know my new service and everyone working within it.

“Having been with NFRS for only one week, I have had a really warm welcome and have already started to develop some thinking in collaboration with the Service Leadership Team.

“I’m also looking forward to being part of Northumberland County Council and working with our partners to support the delivery of an excellent service to our communities and residents.”

Paul Hedley, NFRS Chief Fire Officer, said, “I’m delighted to welcome Graeme to Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. He will be a tremendous addition as we continue to push forward on our improvement plans and bring real innovation to the services we deliver for our communities and partnerships.

“In the short time he has been with us he has already impressed everyone with his passion and commitment to Northumberland. I’m really excited about how he will work with all of our staff and colleagues at Northumberland County council to shape and influence the future of NFRS.”