Rob MacDougall appointed new Chief Fire Officer

Rob MacDougall has been appointed as Oxfordshire County Council’s new Director of Community Safety and Chief Fire Officer.

Rob is currently Assistant Chief Fire Officer and will replace Simon Furlong, who is retiring from the post.

“Taking on the role of Director of Community Safety and the Chief Fire Officer will be a huge privilege and a dream position for me,” said Rob.

“I joined the Fire and Rescue Service in 1998, and apart from a short secondment with the Ghana National Fire Service, have enjoyed a wide and varied career here in Oxfordshire.

“I am dedicated to continuing to deliver the best services we can for our residents by doing our core business exceptionally well while continuously looking for new ways to reduce the risk of harm and enable access to opportunities for all to thrive.”

Yvonne Rees (CEO) praised Simon for his inspirational leadership, support and friendship.

She said: “Simon’s easy style, combined with an exemplary eye for detail, makes him a fantastic colleague, an exceptional local government officer and one who will be greatly missed in this role.”

Simon said: “The appointment of a new Chief Fire Officer for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service marks the last stage of my fire service career and whilst there is a slight twinge of sadness I am really excited for Oxfordshire as this marks the next phase in its journey.

“I know that under Rob’s leadership Community Safety will continue to improve and deliver the best it can for all our residents.”