New Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Northumberland

Mark McCarty is Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service's new Deputy Chief Fire Officer.
Mark McCarty is Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service's new Deputy Chief Fire Officer.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has appointed a new deputy.

Mark McCarty – who was previously Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Service Delivery – has taken over the position of Deputy Chief Fire Officer.

He began working at Cramlington and Blyth Fire Stations 20 years ago and has since worked in a variety of front-line and managerial roles at a number of fire stations across Northumberland.

He was appointed Assistant Chief Fire Officer in 2015 and has worked as head of service delivery for the past year. He will work alongside Paul Hedley, who recently took over as Chief Fire Officer following the retirement of Alex Bennett.

Mark said: “Being part of such a professional and highly dedicated service such as NFRS is a true honour. I joined the service in 1996 and I have enjoyed every role over the last 20 years.

“Northumberland is a wonderful place to live and work, with our communities the heartbeat of our county. I am passionate about continuing to provide the best service possible to our residents, visitors and partners.

“As well as the service’s new Chief Fire Officer, Paul Hedley, I’m looking forward to working with the Fire Authority, our colleagues in Northumberland County Council and partners across Northumberland.

“We will endeavour to drive this service and the county council on to new ways of working and develop our agenda of a ‘Safer Northumberland’. We will continue to explore how we can make our communities and the public we serve as safe as possible.”

He enjoys spending time in the gym to keep himself fit for his role. He enjoys reading and loves to watch the latest films. Mark’s real passion is his family and he enjoys nothing more than spending time with his wife and two sons.

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of the council and member with responsibility for NFRS, said: “Mark has showed continued commitment and dedication to the fire and rescue service during his 20 years of service.

“I am confident that he is the right officer to work alongside Paul to continue to deliver and develop a first class fire and rescue service that has the safety of its communities at the forefront of all activity.”

Paul added: “Mark has a wealth of experience in the fire and rescue service and is highly regarded here in Northumberland.

“I am looking forward to working alongside Mark in our new roles to continue to develop NFRS and safeguard our residents.

“I’d like to offer my congratulations on his well-deserved appointment.”