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Fire Service appointment

Published: 18 Jan 2016 12:30
Part of:
Law and order

New Chief Inspector for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

The new Chief Inspector of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Martyn Emberson, has been appointed.

He takes over at HM Fire Service Inspectorate in Scotland from Steven Torrie who recently retired after five years in the job.

Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Paul Wheelhouse, said:

"I warmly welcome the appointment of Mr Emberson as Scotland's Chief Inspector of our fire service. He brings a huge breadth of experience in fire and rescue, both operationally and strategically, to this role.

"Mr Emberson has a strong history of strategic and innovative thinking and he is a welcome addition to the Inspectorate which has independent oversight of one of our vital public services.

"I would also like to take the opportunity to record my sincere thanks to Mr Torrie for his dedicated service as Chief Inspector over the last five years and his advice and wise counsel. Mr Torrie can be very proud of the positive impact he has had on shaping the outstanding Scottish Fire and Rescue Service we have today."

Notes to editors

Mr Emberson begins his role today prior to formal appointment by the Queen next month.

The HMFSI is independent of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and carries out independent inspections of the service. The Inspectorate also provides independent advice to Ministers and has certain functions relating to non-domestic fire safety.

Mr Emberson has been a fire officer for over 31 years and retired from the post of Chief Fire Officer at Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service in July 2015. He has extensive knowledge of how the Fire and Rescue Service operates, including considerable operational experience, having commanded many incidents of all sizes and complexity.

In 2007 he initiated the adoption of cold-cutting technology (COBRA) which he linked to thermal scanning and positive pressure ventilation, changing the cultural approach to fire-fighting. The cold-cutting technology is now being implemented by many services in the UK and around the world.

In 2013 he was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal for services to the Fire and Rescue Service.