Appointment of Interim Chief Fire Officer

The Commissioners have agreed for the temporary secondment of Stuart Millington, to the position of Interim Chief Fire Officer of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) with effect from 9.00am on Monday 12th February 2024. Stuart will be joining SWFRS on secondment from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service where he is currently Assistant Chief Fire Officer.

Stuart will work with the Commissioners and the Service to ensure business continuity and progression against the terms of reference for the Commissioners following the Deputy Ministers announcement on Tuesday 6th February 2024.

We would like to offer a warm welcome to Stuart and the support and leadership he will bring to South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

Chief Fire Officer Millington said:

“I am conscious that this has been an unsettling time for everyone here at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and therefore I approach this opportunity with a deep sense of responsibility but also a great sense of great optimism.

“I am looking forward to working with the many professional and dedicated staff who work at stations and departments across the area and I know from my previous connections with the Service that there is a great deal we can be proud of.

“Whilst I don’t underestimate the challenge that lies ahead for all of us, I am confident that together we will be able to rise to this challenge and respond to the recommendations contained within the recent Independent Cultural Review in order to make the Service an inclusive and welcoming workplace, where everyone feels valued.

“I hope we can embrace this opportunity together, that we can strive to ensure we are an employer of choice where diversity is celebrated, where everyone can thrive and that we can shape a positive future for the Service as a beacon of excellence and respect going forward.”