Shropshire fire chief John Redmond retires

John Redmond Image copyright Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption Retiring chief fire officer John Redmond said he was "particularly proud" of Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service's partnerships with more than 30 agencies

Shropshire's fire chief, who led the brigade through its harshest cuts, has announced his retirement after 32 years with the service.

John Redmond steered the service through £3m budget cuts while keeping the county's 23 fire stations open.

Mr Redmond, who retires on 12 July, said his job had been "an honour".

Fire Authority chairman, Stuart West, said: "It has been a pleasure to work alongside John."

Mr Redmond joined London Fire Brigade in 1983 before moving to Cheshire Fire Brigade in 1995.

He has spent a total of six years in Shropshire, first as deputy chief before promotion to the top job in 2013.

Government budget cuts saw a huge review of the service during Mr Redmond's time as chief fire officer.

Mr Redmond said: "I am indebted to all our staff, past and present, who have worked so hard to deliver an exceptional cost effective service to the local community and those further afield."

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