Andy Newland

Ambassador

My Fire Service career commenced in 1985 as I joined Essex County Fire Brigade, serving in Loughton, Harlow and Ongar before transferring on promotion to London Fire Brigade stationed at Stratford as rider Station Officer. After a brief period as a Station Commander in London Fire Brigade I moved to the West Country due to family circumstances returning to the rank of Sub Officer in Somerset Fire Brigade. After a period of time I looked to continue my career aspirations before commencing promotion through to Area Manager, Head of Training with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service which included a period working closely within the Chief Fire Officers Association as an Executive support officer. I retired in July 2015 after a fulfilling and varied 30 years service. Upon retirement I became a Trustee of my local BASICS emergency doctors charity scheme SAVES ( SAVES | Somerset Accident Voluntary Emergency Service РHome ) before taking up employment again only this time working for Avon & Somerset Police in the Operational Planning team. Between 1999 and 2017 I was a Justice of the Peace, only stepping down in order to take up employment with the Police. I am active in my own community and am currently working to increase the accessibility of community access Automatic Defibrillators. I am a strong believer in recognising the commitment of those that have gone before us and have been a ceremonial Standard bearer for the Fire Service for over 15 years. I am honoured to be associated with National Emergency Services Memorial cause and hope to play my small part in ensuring we have a suitable and dignified memorial for all those in the emergency services in the UK.