WARWICKSHIRE’S chief fire officer Andy Hickmott is retiring at the end of this month after 30 years in the service.
He joined Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service as chief fire officer in 2013, having started his career with Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1989.
After five years, he then transferred to London Fire Brigade where he quickly progressed through the ranks. In 2009, he took on the role of assistant commissioner for service delivery and community safety in London, where he was responsible for 53 fire stations and over 2,000 operational staff.
His replacement will be Kieran Amos who is currently assistant chief fire officer with West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.
Reflecting on his career Mr Hickmott said: “The fire and rescue service has given me a brilliant career and has taken me to a huge range of places and situations.
“I have worked with some superb people along the way and feel privileged to have worked in an organisation that is held in such high esteem by the public that we serve. Leading a fire service is not easy, but I hope that I leave Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service in a positive place for my successor.”
Warwickshire County Council managing director Monica Fogarty thanked Mr Hickmott for his commitment to the service.
She added: “He will be sorely missed by us all. I have worked very closely with Andy over the last few years and have valued his expertise and commitment to both Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and the residents of Warwickshire.”