Responding to news that Lee Howell, chief fire officer of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority, has been appointed a fire and rescue advisor for the Welsh Government while continuing his position in Devon and Somerset part time, Welsh region FBU executive council member Grant Mayos said: â€œThis move does raise concerns for Welsh firefighters.
â€œHistorically, Welsh fire and rescue advisor positions have been filled by recently-retired chief fire officers who can dedicate their time to the job in hand.
â€œFire services in Devon and Somerset are currently undergoing unprecedented cuts in the face of widespread public opposition, a task that surely will demand the full attention of a full-time fire chief.
â€œGiven such huge demands on his time, how will Welsh fire and rescue services be affected?â€
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