Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

New Isle of Man fire chief appointed

Kevin Groom Isle of Man's new fire chief
Image caption Kevin Groom replaces Brian Draper who is retiring

The Isle of Man government has appointed a new fire chief.

Kevin Groom, who currently serves as the deputy chief, will officially take up his new position on 16 February.

Mr Groom, who began his career 1982 and has served in every rank in the service, will lead a team of more than 160 full-time and retained fire-fighters.

The present chief, Brian Draper, is preparing to retire after nine years in the top post.

Mr Groom said: "I am extremely honoured and privileged to be able to serve my community and to lead such a professional and highly motivated workforce.

"My focus will be on developing public safety and doing my best for the people of Isle of Man."

Member of the House of Keys, David Quirk said that Mr Groom's experience meant he was "well placed to respond to the task of delivering a quality service against a backdrop of budgetary restraint".

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