New director team complete for county fire service

A new senior appointment has been made at the top of Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service to complete the new director team.

Rick Hylton has today (May 19) been confirmed as the new Assistant Chief Fire Officer by members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority following a selection process earlier this week.

ACFO Hylton begins his role immediately sitting alongside newly appointed Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland and Deputy Chief Executive Matthew Warren. 

Chairman of the Fire Authority, Sir Peter Brown said: “I congratulate Rick on his appointment and look forward to working with him and the new director team to deliver the very best modern-day fire and rescue service for the people of Cambridgeshire.

“We have used the opportunity of putting in place a new senior management team to review the director structure in light of the savings that need to be made as dictated by the comprehensive spending review. We have reduced the number of directors from four to three and together with a review of salaries we are saving the Service £266,000 a year which will go some way to helping us achieve savings of £2.7 million to our annual budget over the next three years.”

ACFO Hylton joined the Service at the age of 19 and has served at stations across the county as a firefighter and in a variety of other fire service roles whilst climbing the career ladder in Cambridgeshire. 

He added: "I've always lived in Cambridgeshire so to be taking on the role of assistant chief fire officer for the county is something I am very proud of. Cambridgeshire has a great fire and rescue service and I'm honoured to be asked to lead such dedicated and professional staff as our service strives to make life safer for every resident living and working in our county."

Rick Hylton.