The Chief Fire Officer of East Sussex will step down from his role in September, saying it is “the right time to go”.
East Sussex Fire Authority said it “reluctantly” accepted the decision of Des Prichard to resign as Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.
Chairman of the Fire Authority, Phil Howson said, “After a career lasting 39 years, 14 as Chief Fire Officer at East Sussex, he has decided that this is the right time to step down. We would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his hard work and dedication in making East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service one of the most innovative and forward thinking Services in the country.
“As CFO/CE, Des has been a passionate advocate of community safety, and has shown his personal leadership and commitment to the delivery of a high performing emergency service during his time in office. We have no doubt that he will continue to provide that same leadership and drive for excellence over the coming months.”
Mr Prichard will remain in post until the end of September 2015.
He joined Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service in 1976 and then moved to Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service in 1984.
Between 1991 and 1994 he was a lecturer in command leadership and management at the Fire Service College.
He then moved to East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service in 1995 to take up the post of Assistant Chief Fire Officer, was promoted to Deputy Chief Fire Officer in 1996 and then again to Chief Fire Officer & Chief Executive in 2001.