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A new Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Derbyshire

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO) for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, Rob Taylor. Rob will take up the role of Deputy Chief Fire Officer in August 2021 following the retirement of the current DCFO Rick Roberts.

Area Manager Rob Taylor was appointed this week by the Fire and Rescue Authority Brigade Managers’ Appointments Panel, supported by Derbyshire’s Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Gavin Tomlinson and Chief Constable, Rachel Swann, following a robust selection process. 

From Buxton, Rob began his fire service career at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service before transferring to Derbyshire in December 2008 as a Firefighter. Rob first served at Buxton Fire Station until his promotion to Station Manager in 2016. In addition to being a wholetime Firefighter, Rob was also an On-Call Watch Manager at Buxton between 2013 and 2016. As a Station Manager Rob worked in Operational Training at the Services Joint Training Centre before his promotion to Group Manager where he led the Services Prevention and Inclusion department. Since 2019 Rob has been an Area Manager, initially with responsibility for Community Safety and more recently Service Delivery.

Councillor Kevin Buttery, the Chair of the Fire and Rescue Authority said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Rob Taylor as the new Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, taking over the position from the current Deputy, Rick Roberts who is retiring from the Service in July this year.

“Rob, who has been a longstanding valued member of the Service’s strategic leadership team, brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and skill that will ensure the Service continues to improve, whilst remaining a high achieving fire and rescue service, delivering first class efficient and effective services to the communities of Derbyshire.”

Speaking following his appointment Rob said: ‘I am immensely proud to have been appointed as the new Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Derbyshire. 

‘It is an exciting time to step into this role, supporting and leading the Service as it faces the challenges ahead. The sector continues to evolve and look for different ways to support the needs of our diverse communities and the near future will present key opportunities to demonstrate the value that the fire service represents. 

‘I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the dedicated, professional employees who deliver a first class service to the communities of Derbyshire and further developing our collaborative relationships with partners, as we continue to Make Derbyshire Safer Together.’

Head and shoulder photo of Rob Taylor

Newly appointed Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Taylor who will take up the role in August following the retirement of the current DCFO.