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lfblogoThe former Chief Fire Officer of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, Steve Apter, has begun his new role as London Fire Brigade’s Interim Deputy Commissioner today (Thursday).

The 50-year-old dad of 3 from Ryde has moved on from his role as Assistant Chief Officer at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) to take on responsibilities for the capital, such as special operations, resilience and organisational development.

Steve picked up his first hose as a retained firefighter for the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service (IWFRS) some 26 years ago. He quickly became a wholetime firefighter and rose through the ranks, leaving IWFRS as Chief Fire Officer back in 2015.

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Since leaving the Island and joining HFRS, Steve has spent 7 months on secondment as Deputy Chief Officer at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and continues his work as the chairman of the UK Rescue Organisation.

Working under Interim Commissioner Dany Cotton, London Fire Brigade’s first female chief, Apter is now one of the top ranking officers overseeing 102 fire stations and some 6,000 employees – compared to the 10 stations of the Isle of Wight.

Speaking about his new role, Steve has said:

“I am extremely proud and excited to take on this role, and looking forward to working with Dany.

“It seems a poignant moment to start this new adventure as the Brigade has just appointed its new commissioner and other changes are taking place in the service. It is also the year that marks 150 years of the LFB.

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“London is a brigade like no other with the range of challenges and issues firefighters have to be prepared for.

“I believe my breadth of experience and the skills I have learnt on the Isle of Wight, Hampshire and further afield will enable me to bring a unique perspective to the role.”

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