Chair of Avon Fire Authority marks 30 years in role

Terry WalkerThe Chair of Avon Fire Authority, Councillor Terry Walker, is celebrating 30 years in the role.

Members of the Avon Fire Authority (AFA), which oversees the running of Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS), recently joined Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Kevin Pearson in celebrating the dedication and commitment of Councillor Walker.

He was elected to Avon County Council in May 1981 until the council was dissolved in 1996.

For five years Councillor Walker was the Chair of the Public Protection Committee, responsible for the fire service. He was also a Member of Avon and Somerset Police Authority from 1981 until 1999.

Before getting involved in politics, Councillor Walker was a Cost Accountant for Courage’s brewery. Between 1974 and 1979 he was the Member of Parliament for the Kingswood constituency.

Elected to South Gloucestershire Council in 1995, Councillor Walker was appointed to the new Avon Fire Authority and has been Chair since its inception.

Speaking about his career with Avon Fire Authority, Councillor Walker, said: “It has been a real pleasure to be involved with Avon Fire & Rescue Service over the last 30 years.

“During that time I have seen many changes which have helped the service to grow into the highly reputable organisation it is today. I have made many friends and built good relationships along the way.

“We are currently facing some of the most challenging financial times we have ever experienced, but I have no doubt that Avon Fire Authority will ride the storm and continue to ensure Avon Fire & Rescue Service offers an excellent service to the community.”

Paying tribute to the long standing commitment of Councillor Walker, AF&RS Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Kevin Pearson, said: “I have worked with Councillor Walker for many years now and would like to thank him for his dedication to the fire and rescue service.

“He is incredibly supportive and passionate about the work of AF&RS and strives to ensure we offer a value for money service to the local community.

“Year after year Members of Avon Fire Authority have re-elected Councillor Walker to chair the Fire Authority due to his strong leadership and the good relationships he has developed over the last 30 years.”