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Staffordshire’s chief fire officer has confirmed he will retire next year.
Peter Dartford will step down in April after 36 years of service.
He began his career at Hertfordshire Fire Brigade in 1981 and joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as a senior divisional officer in 1999.
Peter was promoted to assistant chief fire officer and deputy chief fire officer before being appointed chief fire officer in 2008. He was also awarded the Queen’s Fire Service medal in 2014.
“This has been the most difficult decision of my career,” he said. “However, I believe it is the right decision and best for me, my family and the organisation.
“I am confident Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service can rise to meet the challenges ahead and continue to deliver positive outcomes for communities.
“I am hugely proud of what the Service has achieved in recent years and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Staffordshire.
“I have been and remain immensely impressed by all those who I have worked with over the last 17 years and am extremely appreciative of the efforts made by all members of the Service.”