Interim Assistant Chief Fire Officer appointed at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Photo courtesy of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service

Sam Burton, currently an Area Manager at West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS), will be joining Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) as interim Assistant Chief Fire Officer at the end of this month.

She has been appointed to add senior capacity into the leadership team, working alongside service managers.

Sam is an experienced officer and has recently returned to WMFS from a secondment to Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, where she undertook the role of Assistant Chief Fire Officer responsible for People and Business Transformation.

She has considerable operational experience particularly around the management of health and safety during a wide range of major incidents and significant events. She was Silver Commander for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, leading the planning, delivery and response to ensure a ‘safe and secure family games’.

Councillor David Minnery, Chair of the SFRS Fire Authority, said:

“I’m really very pleased that Samantha has agreed to join us at SFRS. Her experience and focus on delivery will be a tremendous boost for the organisation at what is a challenging time for the Service.”

Interim ACFO Sam Burton, commented:

“I’m delighted to be joining colleagues at SFRS.  Whilst I understand the Service is going through a difficult time I’m committed to ensuring this doesn’t define us or impact on how we deliver excellence in Shropshire.  I know I will be working alongside a wonderful team who work day in, day out to put Shropshire people first.”

8th May, 2024