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Senior fire officer announces retirement
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 11th April 2013 at 9:39

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's second highest fire chief has announced he is stepping down this summer. Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Hindmarch, 55, will retire on 19 July 2013 after 36 years at the Service - joining as a firefighter in 1977. During his time with the Service John has worked at every fire station within Tyne and Wear. Appointed Deputy Chief Fire Officer in 2008 John has responsibility for Human Resources (HR), learning and development. Before that he was an Assistant Chief Fire Officer. Sunderland born, but educated at Newcastle's Royal Grammar School, John was appointed as officer in charge of Newcastle Central Fire Station in 1990. He then progressed into learning and development and HR at Service Headquarters. From 1995 to 1997 John led the project team which delivered the service's current Control Room and mobilising systems in West Denton, Newcastle. John's final project will be overseeing the successor to the mobilising system and the relocation of the Control Room to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's Headquarters in Washington. During his career John has been in charge of a number of incidents. One of the most notable was the fire at Distillex in North Tyneside in 2002. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles around and 25 fire engines were called to the incident where gas cylinders were exploding like fireworks. Speaking about his retirement John said: "It has been an absolute pleasure working for the Service. I've had a fantastic career and enjoyed every single day. However, I decided sometime ago I did not want to become a Chief Fire Officer. Its now time to start a new chapter of my life and I'm looking forward to spending more time with my family. There is no doubt I will miss the people the most. However, I know the Service is in very capable hands." One of the areas John will be remembered for is his promotion of equality and diversity in the workplace. Chief Fire Officer, Tom Capeling, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's chief fire officer said: "John will be a huge miss to the Service. The Service has benefitted greatly from his wealth of knowledge, expertise and skills. There is no doubt that John has made a huge difference to the Service, especially in equality and diversity and ensuring this is a great place to work. I would like to wish him all the best for the future and personally thank him for the support he has provided me since becoming Chief Fire Officer." Cllr Tom Wright, Chairman of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority: "On behalf of the Authority I would like to pass on our best wishes and appreciation for the hard work and dedication that John has shown during his career. He has made a lasting impression on the Service and as a result of his work we are able to provide an even better service to our community. We will definitely miss him and would like to wish him a long and happy retirement." John is 55, married and has two children (Gemma, 24, and Sarah, 22). Living in Washington John is an avid Sunderland AFC supporter.
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