THE newly-appointed chairman of Cheshire Fire Authority has prioritised a safety-first community stance in the face of spending cutbacks across the organisation over the next few years.
Cllr John Joyce, a member of the authority since it was first set up in 1998, was elected as chairman at its AGM, the second time he has led the body which manages the fire and rescue service on behalf of local people.
He said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been elected as chairman of the authority and although there are tough times ahead, I know this service has the skills, commitment and dedication to overcome the challenges.
“We have an excellent track record for coming up with new and innovative ways to improve safety and that willingness to change and do things differently will be essential as we face up to the funding cuts we know are looming.”
Cllr Joyce is a Warrington borough councillor and has been a member of Cheshire Fire Authority since it was founded in 1998. He previously served as chairman from 1999 to 2005.