23 April 2015
Des Tidbury has been announced as the new Chief Fire and Rescue Advisor for Wales, and will take over the post this summer when Lee Howell leaves.
Mr Tidbury brings over 35 years’ experience to the role, most recently as Chief Fire Officer for Cornwall and Director of Community Safety and Protection in the county.
He has also held positions in the Wiltshire and Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Services, and was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in 2015.
The Chief Advisor provides professional strategic advice to the Welsh Government and works with Fire and Rescue Services across Wales to promote best practice.
Leighton Andrews AM, Minister for Public Services, said: “The Chief Advisor has a vital role in driving improvement in the Fire Service. Des Tidbury has taken on tough challenges in England and I look forward to working with him.
I would also like to thank Lee Howell for the outstanding job he has done as Chief Advisor since 2013. I wish him well.”
Commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.