COUNCILLOR David Acton is the new Chairman of Greater
Manchester's award-winning Fire and Rescue Authority. In leading
the Authority, Councillor Acton is joined by Vice Chairman,
Councillor Henry Cooper.
The appointment was made at a meeting of the Fire Authority held
earlier today. Cllr Acton has been a member of the Fire
Authority since 2008. He is a Councillor for Trafford MBC,
where he served as leader from 1997-2004 and is currently leader of
the Labour Group in Trafford.
Speaking on his appointment as Chairman of the Fire and Rescue
Authority, Cllr Acton commented: "I am very honoured and
privileged to be elected Chair of this Fire Authority and look
forward to working with colleagues, senior officers, staff and
trade unions to deliver the best possible service, recognising the
very difficult challenges ahead in these austere times. I am
grateful for the opportunity to make a difference with all the
staff and Fire Authority working together to move the Service
Welcoming the Chairman of the Fire Authority, County Fire
Officer Steve McGuirk acknowledged the challenges and opportunities
that the Fire Authority will be facing: "We have always worked
closely with our elected members and this strong relationship will
be critical as together we strive to maintain, and in some areas
improve, the service that we deliver to our communities."