New Essex fire chiefs want to make the service 'one of the best in the country'

By Charlotte Lillywhite

6th Jan 2022 | Local News

Chief fire officer Rick Hylton (left) and deputy chief fire officer Moira Bruin (right) have taken up their new roles (Photo: Essex Fire)
Chief fire officer Rick Hylton (left) and deputy chief fire officer Moira Bruin (right) have taken up their new roles (Photo: Essex Fire)

The new chiefs at Essex Fire and Rescue have taken up their roles, and say they want to make the service "one of the best in the country".

Rick Hylton officially took over as chief fire officer from Jo Turton, who retired in December after serving three-and-a-half years in the post, while Moira Bruin became his deputy on Saturday (1 January).

Mr Hylton, who joined the Essex service in 2019 after becoming a firefighter in 1997, said he was "exceptionally proud" to lead the organisation.

He said: "It is our role to make sure all of our colleagues flourish and provide the best possible service to the people of Essex.

"Our ambition is to be one of the best fire and rescue services in the country – it is what our communities deserve, and it is an ambition that I believe is achievable."

Miss Bruin joined the Essex service in 2012 after an 18-year career at Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, which saw her hold group commander roles in public safety and with the Scottish government.

She said: "It is an immense honour to be deputy chief fire officer and I can't wait to get started.

"I'm extremely proud to work with more than 1,400 exceptional colleagues. I'm looking forward to listening to what they have to say and together keeping our residents and businesses safe and sound."

Roger Hirst, police, fire and crime commissioner for Essex, said: "The service has a bright future and both Rick and Moira are excellent, respected leaders with already proven track records.

"We'll be working together to deliver my fire and rescue plan for Essex and realise our vision that safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build success and wellbeing for all."

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