13 July 2015

Retiring Chief of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service

Northamptonshire’s Chief Fire Officer is to retire after more than 30 years’ service.

Martyn Emberson has served in the fire service for 31 years, working in Cleveland, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire, where he spent the last nine years of his career as head of the county’s brigade.

Latest technology

During his time with Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, he led the service from a position of being in special measures with a government monitoring board in place, to a brigade that is leading the way in embracing the latest firefighting technology and closer collaboration between blue light services.

Mr Emberson said: “In the last nine years, Northamptonshire has done many fantastic things. Operationally, we have led nationally and internationally on two important areas of work.

“Firstly, we introduced safer firefighting with the Cobra system and methodology. This revolutionary way of fighting fires has now been adopted around the world as it is safer for firefighters, safer for the environment, reduces water damage and helps rescue people faster.

“The second area is greater integration with the other emergency services, where I am particularly proud of our work with the ambulance service on co-responding and our associated work with the British Heart Foundation on Heart Start, as there are people alive in our community today who would not have been if we had not driven forward this life-saving initiative.

“It has been a privilege to work with some very talented and passionate people who have dedicated their lives to protecting our communities.”

Queen's award

During Mr Emberson’s time with Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, he has helped to reduce the number of incidents by half and he was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2013.

County council leader Cllr Jim Harker said: “I would thank to thank Martyn for his commitment and hard work during his time with Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. His leadership and dedication to public service have played a key role in transforming the county’s fire service into one we can be proud of. I would like to wish him the very best for his well-deserved retirement.”

Cllr André Gonzalez de Savage, county council cabinet member for public protection, strategic infrastructure and economic growth, said: “After 31 years in the UK fire service and nine years with our authority as Chief Fire Officer, Martyn’s 100% commitment to delivering a robust and innovative fire and rescue service has left it in a better and stronger place.

“He has ensured that we are nationally leading the way in fire and police integration, making Northamptonshire a safer and better place to live. For that, we are very grateful and we wish Martyn all the very best in the future for his next challenge.”

Mr Emberson will leave the fire service on July 31st.