National role for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Shantha Dickinson is set to take on a national role this month that will help improve the way fire services keep people safe from fire and other risks.



10/05/2023 1:04pm


Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service

DCFO Dickinson will be joining His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on secondment as an Assistant HMI (His Majesty’s Inspector). She will be providing additional support across fire and rescue service inspections, and the wider work of the inspectorate.

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Chief Fire Officer, Neil Odin said:

“I am delighted that Shantha has been asked to take on this role by HMICFRS. Her expertise and experience will be invaluable in developing their knowledge of the sector, which in turn will benefit us as a fire service and the people we serve. I am proud that as a fire service we continue to demonstrate that we have the talent and thinking within our organisation that can contribute to improvements on a national level.”

DCFO Dickinson said:

“Improving public safety and the safety of our firefighters has always been at the heart of my career with the fire service. I am pleased to be joining HMICFRS on secondment as an Assistant HMI. It is a great opportunity to work with fire and rescue services across the country, to build relationships, share best practice and make further improvements to safety.”

Deputy Chief Fire Officer is a key role for the Service. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire Authority has decided to appoint current Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Stew Adamson, into the role to cover the period of the secondment.

Councillor Rhydian Vaughan, Chair of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire Authority, said: “Congratulations to Shantha on her appointment, which is recognition of the great work she has been doing at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service. I am sure with her wealth of experience she will be a real asset to HMICFRS. We have chosen ACFO Stew Adamson to take on the role of Deputy Chief Fire Officer for the duration of her secondment and look forward to working with him in his new role.”

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