A Chief Fire Officer
is the highest ranking Officer in the UK Fire & Rescue Service
. There are currently 59 Chief Fire Officers serving in the United Kingdom in charge of County (or Local Authority) Fire Services.
There is also a Chief Fire Officer responsible for the Ministry of Defence Fire Services
which includes the Defence Fire and Rescue Service
and the RAF Fire Service.
Some UK Airport Fire Services
also designate their seniors officers as CFOs. However, such officers rarely wear the rank markings of a Chief Fire Officer for many reasons.
CFO's were traditionally referred to as Firemaster
, although this title was replaced by Chief Fire Officer in Scottish brigades in 2006 when the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 came into force.
The rank is of equivalent stature to that of Chief Constable
within the British Police Force, and Chief Ambulance Officer
in the UK Ambulance Service
Under proposed changes Chief Fire Officers were to be renamed Brigade Manager
s in line with modernisation directives issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government. However the title is unpopular and has so far not been used.
Other titles for this office can include 'County Fire Officer' and 'Chief Executive', neither of which are in common use. Greater Manchester FRS however use the title 'County Fire Officer and Chief Executive'. In the London Fire Brigade
, the CFO is known as Commissioner for Fire and Emergency Planning
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