First Chief Officer of single Fire and Rescue Service announced

Alasdair Hay will be the first Chief Officer of the new single Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Mr Hay is currently acting Chief Fire Officer of Tayside. He has also worked with Essex County Fire and Rescue, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Advisory Unit and the Scottish Fire Services College.

He is expected to start in the Autumn, following the appointment of the SFRS Chair. This will help ensure a smooth transition to the new service.

The post will be one of the top fire jobs in the UK and one of the most demanding and high-profile roles in civic Scotland. Scottish Government legislation will bring together the current eight services.

Minister for Community Safety Roseanna Cunningham confirmed the appointment at Perth Community Fire Station, which will be the interim headquarters for the new service when it goes lives on April 1, 2013.

The new single Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will have a workforce of more than 9,000 firefighters and support staff, with accountability for a multi-million pound budget and responsibility for ensuring the safety of more than five million people.

Single police and fire services will deliver estimated efficiency savings of £1.7 billion over 15 years.

Mr Hay said: “I am honoured to take this unique opportunity to shape and deliver the new single Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. It will allow us to sustain and improve the local services communities in all parts of Scotland depend on, to build on success and do more.

“Throughout my career, I have demonstrated a genuine commitment to partnership working. I will continue to work closely with the workforce, unions, government, local authorities and other key partners to maintain the high standards of the Scottish fire and rescue services.

“Above all, the single Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will strengthen the connections with all communities and the people we serve. This new service will be efficient and effective, and focused on the needs of the people who depend on the vital services our dedicated workforce delivers.”