The new man leading Suffolk’s fire service is Mark Hardingham who has been appointed chief fire officer for Suffolk.
Previously the county’s deputy chief fire officer Mr Hardingham takes responsibility for Suffolk’s 700 full time and on call firefighters and staff, 35 fire stations, trading standards, community safety and emergency planning services.
He has been in the fire service for more than 22 years, starting in Essex as a firefighter in 1991. He transferred to Suffolk Fire and Rescue in 2010.
Mr Hardingham said: “In the last three years, I’ve been inspired by the commitment and sheer professionalism of our firefighters in the face of some difficult situations. Leading the service will come with some big challenges, but also fantastic opportunities and I look forward to leading us through these with my management team.”
Mr Hardingham replaces Andy Fry who left the county council to become chief fire officer at Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Councillor Colin Spence, County cabinet member for public protection, said: “Mark works hard for the people of Suffolk and is respected by his colleagues.”