Fire boss steps down: Milton Keynes man to step up to the plate

Jason Thelwell
Jason Thelwell

Fire boss Mark Jones will step down from his post, it has been announced today.

Mr Jones will retire in February after five years as chief fire officer and career in the service spanning 30 years.

He will be replaced by deputy chief fire officer and chief operating officer Jason Thelwell, who lives in Milton Keynes, following recommendations from a selection panel - including MK councillor Andy Dransfield.

Mr Dransfield said: “I was a member of the panel that interviewed Jason and I was particularly impressed by his professionalism and drive.

“This Fire Authority has been transformed into a modern, efficient body that provides excellent cost-effective services to the community.

“I am particularly pleased that Jason has decided to put his roots down in Milton Keynes and serves his local community as the chairman of governors in a local primary school.”

Mr Thelwell’s appointment was confirmed by Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority’s Executive Committee at its meeting in Aylesbury today.

Jason, aged 43, who lives in Milton Keynes, joined Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service as Assistant Chief Fire Officer in May 2010 after 17 years with Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service.

Councillor Adrian Busby, Chairman of Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority and its Executive Committee, said: “I am delighted that Jason has been successful in his application for the position of Chief Fire Officer on the retirement of Mark Jones and I look forward to working with Jason as we continue on our journey.

“Mark’s legacy has provided us with an immediate successor, who we are confident will continue to build on the remarkable success story of the past five years with the excellent team which he and Mark have assembled.”