Structure of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

The following people are responsible for the strategic planning and direction of Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service:

Chief Fire Officer and Service Director for Resilient Cornwall

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Paul Walker

Paul joined Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service as Deputy Chief Fire Officer in September 2009 and became Chief Fire Officer in June 2015.

Paul worked for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service previously, where he was responsible for service delivery. He has also worked for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) as a team leader for Operational Assessment of Service Delivery.

Paul has also completed the Fire and Rescue Service Executive Leadership Programme with Warwick University to achieve a Masters in Public Service Leadership (MSc).

Mark Hewitt - Assistant Chief Fire Officer

Mark joined Cornwall County Fire Brigade (as the service was formerly known), as a firefighter in September 1992. Following 5 years as a firefighter at Bodmin Community Fire Station he started his steady 20 years of promotion through a number roles and locations throughout Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service.

Mark is very proud to have been recently appointed as Assistant Chief Fire Officer with responsibility for Head of Operations which include Protection, Prevention, Road Safety and Response, together with Phoenix Services and Operational Reform.

In developing managerial skills, Mark has completed a range of vocational and academic programmes including the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) Executive Leadership Programme, delivered through Warwick University in 2016.

Mark is a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers and is a member of the Firefighter Safety Special Interest Group which focusses on firefighter safety and sharing learning from incident debriefs and case studies. Mark has led on safeguarding within the Service and takes a very active role within Cornwall Council improving and promoting our Safeguarding agenda and responsibility.

Vicky Wallens-Hancock - Assistant Chief Officer for Service Support

Vicky joined Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service in 2005 as an analyst and has progressed through various roles in the Service in relation to planning, performance and intelligence.  She was appointed as Assistant Chief Officer in 2017.

Vicky leads the Service Support functions. She is responsible for ensuring efficient, effective and safe service delivery through the provision of buildings, fleet equipment and engineering, health and safety, training, people and organisational development, service policy, staff wellbeing, risk based planning, intelligence, programme management, communication and engagement, information management and systems.

Vicky has successfully gained a range of qualifications including a Masters in Social Research (MSc) and a Level 7 qualification in Strategic Leadership. 

Simon Mould - Assistant Chief Officer

Simon joined Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service in 2008, having previously worked at a senior level within the private sector where he was recognised as an accomplished and passionate business professional. He became Assistant Chief Officer in 2012, successfully completing the FRS Executive Leadership Programme at Warwick University in 2013 and was appointed as Head of Community Safety and Localism in 2017.

Simon leads on Community Safety and Localism. His role is responsible 3 key areas:

Localism and Devolution: with its focus on empowering communities to play an active role in making decisions that affect them and in delivering what they need.  This in part is supported through 19 Community Networks, the devolution of assets to Town and Parish Councils and engaging with residents to help the community and Council work together to enhance the areas where people live, work and visit.

Simon also has a remit for Community Safety (Crime and Disorder) which manages the statutory Community Safety Partnership (Safer Cornwall), Anti-Social Behaviour, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DASV), Drug and Alcohol Action Team, reducing re-offending, restorative justice, complex needs, serious and organised crime including Modern slavery and Child Sexual Exploitation, and the Prevent agenda reducing terrorism and extremism.  All of which are underpinned by a robust evidence base provided by Amethyst (the Community Safety Intelligence Team)

The third area is Resilience and Emergency Management providing: Emergency Management co-ordination, Community resilience including community plans e.g. local flooding plans across Cornwall.  Co-ordinating Cornwall Council’s duties targeted at reducing, controlling and mitigating the effects of emergencies in response and recovery phases, Cornwall Council’s internal resilience arrangements and wider contingency planning, exercising and National Resilience arrangements.

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