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New assistant chief fire officer appointed

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has appointed an assistant chief fire officer. He is Jon Lacey, who has been the fire service’s acting chief fire officer for the past three months.


Jon brings with him over 26 years’ experience in a range of roles.


He started his career as retained firefighter at Haywards Heath Fire Station.


He transferred to Essex Fire and Rescue Service for five years before returning to West Sussex and has worked in various roles across the service including eight years with the technical rescue unit and as an area manager for risk and improvements.


More recently, Jon has taken the lead on the joint fire control room project for West Sussex and Surrey fire and rescue services, which went live in December.


In addition to his role, Jon is currently undertaking an apprenticeship in strategic leadership.


Talking about the appointment, chief fire officer Sabrina Cohen-Hatton said: “I am delighted that Jon will be taking up the role of assistant chief fire officer on a full-time basis


“He is a well-respected and experienced fire and rescue professional, and brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and operational


“With his drive and determination, Jon is a real asset to West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and our leadership team, as well as being instrumental to improving the lives of the communities we serve.”

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