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Councillor Barry Curran appointed new Chair of Tyne and Wear Fire Authority

Date29 June 2018

A today’s meeting of the Tyne and Wear Fire Authority, Councillor Barry Curran was appointed as the new Chair. Barry has been a Councillor for St. Peter’s Ward in Sunderland since 2011 and is a former Mayor of Sunderland.

Born in Monkwearmouth, Barry was a gas fitter for 40 years before leaving to join Gentoo’s learning and development team.

Commenting on his appointment, Barry said:

“This is an exciting and challenging time to join the Fire Authority, especially with the new inspection regime starting for us, later on this year. I look forward to playing my part, along with all the other members of the Fire Authority, in ensuring we continue to deliver a great service for the communities of Tyne and Wear.”

Cllr Nick Forbes was appointed as Vice Chair, of the Fire Authority.

As well as the appointment of a new Chair, there are some new faces on the Fire Authority. The new members are:

Cllr Tony Taylor – Sunderland City Council

Cllr Richard Bell – Sunderland City Council

Cllr Daniel Duggan – Gateshead Council

Cllr Tom Woodwark – Newcastle City Council

Chris Lowther, Chief Fire Officer commented:

“I am looking forward to working alongside Barry, and our other new and existing Fire Authority members. I know that he and they will help us to retain our high level of performance and professional excellence in protecting the communities of Tyne and Wear. I would also like to thank our out-going members: Cllrs Emerson, Galbraith, Maughan and Renton for the support they have given us throughout their time as Fire Authority Members.”