The chair of Devon and Somerset Fire Authority, Mark Healy, has been quoted as saying of local Fire Chief Lee Howellâ€™s new job as fire advisor to the Welsh Government: â€œHe might make the odd phone call â€“ it is not an onerous taskâ€.
Responding, Fire Brigades Union Welsh Region Executive Council member, Grant Mayos, said: â€œThese comments are extremely insulting: we are talking about the needs of an entire country here.
â€œThe job of Welsh fire advisor will require an awful lot more than â€˜the odd phone callâ€™ if done correctly.
â€œThis is an outrageously arrogant comment, from someone who clearly displays a distinct lack of understanding of the politics in Wales and a failure to respect the needs of both firefighters and the public in Wales.â€
Healy also said that Howell would be working â€˜in his own timeâ€™. However, it has been stated publicly that the Welsh role requires two days per week working in Wales.