Peter Dartford, Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service yesterday announced he will retire from the Service on April 8 2016, after 34 years.
Peter began his career at Hertfordshire Fire Brigade in 1981 at the age of 18 and joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as a Senior Divisional Officer in 1999. Quickly rising through the ranks Peter was promoted to Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Deputy Chief Fire Officer before being appointed Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2008. Peter was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service medal in 2014.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said:
“This has been the most difficult decision of my career. However I believe it is the right decision and best for me, my family and the organisation.
“I am confident Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service can rise to meet the challenges ahead and continue to deliver positive outcomes for communities.
“I am hugely proud of what the Service has achieved in recent years and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Staffordshire. I have been and remain immensely impressed by all those who I have worked with over the last 17 years and am extremely appreciative of the efforts made by all members of the Service. I wish to extend my sincere and heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all they have done to improve the health, safety and well-being of people across Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire.”