Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service stalwart retires after 31 years dedicated service - The Leamington Observer

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service stalwart retires after 31 years dedicated service

Leamington Editorial 16th Apr, 2020 Updated: 16th Apr, 2020   0

JON Dixon has retired after three decades with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Warwickshire’s Area Commander began his career with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1989 as a retained firefighter at Henley Fire Station.

In January 1990 he moved to Leamington Fire Station as a full time firefighter and in 1994 was promoted to Leading Firefighter.

Following a distinguished period as an operational firefighter, frontline commander and a period within the services Training & Development Centre, Jon transferred his skills to the role within the Area Risk Teams in the Stratford and Warwick districts, where he was instrumental in developing local risk reduction plans to protect the most vulnerable in the county’s communities.

From this role Jon continued to develop as a key member of the transformation team, developing initiatives which delivered significant savings and introduced additional capabilities, including a new fire station at Gaydon.

Jon also spearheaded the service’s transition to a new range of duty systems, constantly working with front line staff to develop the most appropriate solutions.

Most recently, Jon has undertaken the role of Area Commander, Head of Service Delivery, widening his responsibilities to cover the whole county with respect to Fire Protection, Community Safety and Operational Response.

Notably, Jon strategically led the development and implementation of a new initiative to transport patients from Hospital to Home. This not only diversified the role of the fire service, but also helped to reduce the pressure on the NHS and has to date been a huge success.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services Chief Fire Officer Kieran Amos said: “Jon is both an officer and a gentleman with a big personality. He will be missed by everyone here at Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and all those who had the pleasure of working with him over the last 31 years. “Unfortunately, due to the current climate, Jon won’t quite get the send-off we were hoping to give him, but we would like to thank Jon for his commitment and hard work during his time in the service. He has been an exceptional Area Commander whose hard work and commitment has made Warwickshire a safer place.

“I wish him all the very best for the future and hope that he has a long, happy and healthy retirement.”

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