Nottingham City Councillor Brian Grocock has been appointed Chair of the Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire Authority at the Authority's Annual General Meeting held at Service Headquarters on Friday (9 June).
Councillor Michael Payne, who represents Gedling at Nottinghamshire County Council, was elected Vice-Chair.
In his opening address as Chair, Cllr Grocock welcomed nine new Members to the Authority following the local elections in May. He also took the opportunity to thank previous Members, including former Chair, Councillor Darrell Pulk, who had served on the Fire Authority for 14 years, including 12 as Chair.
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Paddy Tipping was invited to sit on the Fire Authority, but while he will be able to attend meetings and contribute to discussions, he will have no voting rights due to a slight oversight in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 which prevents the full appointment of a PCC to a Combined Fire Authority. It is anticipated that moves to amend the Act will begin soon.
Cllr Grocock, who has been a Member of the Fire Authority for almost 20 years, paid tribute to those affected by the recent terrorist attacks at Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge, and a minute's silence was observed.
Appointments were made to the various committees of the Authority, including appointing representatives for the Firefighter Pension Board and Nottinghamshire Fire Safety Limited.
You can keep up-to-date with minutes of the Fire Authority meetings, agendas and related reports by visiting Nottingham City Council's website.