Lincolnshire appoints new deputy chief fire officer

Les Britzman

Les Britzman has been appointed as Lioncolnshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, moving from the role of Assistant Chief Fire Officer at Norfolk.

He has been in the fire service for 23 years, having trained and practised as an engineer before seeking a more challenging and public service career, and joining Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue in 1995.

His first posting was at Newark fire station, so has worked with Lincolnshire fire crews from the outset. During his 10 years in Nottinghamshire, he served in both rural and inner city stations and undertook a number of roles including Community Safety, Service Training Instructor for BA and Recruits and was also the retained (on call) service development officer.

In 2006 Les moved to Norfolk, where he took charge of the technical support teams and later managed Operations and Fire Protection at a strategic level. During his time at Norfolk Les was seconded to the office of Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser within the Department of Communities and Local Government, based in London.

During two years in this role he provided guidance and support to Ministers, senior officials and the Fire Sector during key emergencies such as national flooding and industrial action. In addition he provided fire sector support for events such as the Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics games.

After returning to Norfolk in 2014 Les undertook a wide range of roles. Prior to his move to Lincolnshire, he was Assistant Chief Fire Officer responsible for Operational Service Delivery including response, prevention, protection, training and national and local resilience.

He said: “I have been privileged in my career to have worked in excellent Fire and Rescue Services and I am proud to be joining Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue at this time where I will be working as part of a highly professional team helping to keep the communities of Lincolnshire safe.”