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New Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser appointed

Peter Holland CBE, former Chief Fire Officer of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Authority, has been appointed as the next Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser.

Mr Holland will commence work at the Department for Communities and Local Government on 28 January 2013. He succeeds Sir Ken Knight who has held the post since 2007.

Commenting on the appointment Fire Minister Brandon Lewis said:

“I am delighted that Peter will be joining us in January. Fire and rescue authorities deliver incredibly important local services and play a vital role in national resilience. Peter’s appointment is crucial to helping them do this as well as supporting key policies such as the decentralisation of power from Whitehall, promoting local accountability and transparency and helping fire and rescue authorities be as efficient as possible.

“I would like to pay tribute to the fantastic work done by Sir Ken Knight who in his time as Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser has done so much to ensure that we have fire and rescue services that are the envy of the world, including, most recently, an enormous contribution to the resilience planning for the Olympics. I am sure that Peter will continue the exceptional work that Sir Ken has done.”