The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has appointed a new head of service delivery for the West of Scotland which includes South Ayrshire.
Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Peter Heath will take on the role in September 2016 following the retirement of Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Paul Connelly, who has been in post since January 2015.
Peter Heath has decades of experience as a frontline firefighter and senior officer.
He rose through the ranks to assistant chief officer with the former Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service then, in 2013, became the new SFRS’s local senior officer for Midlothian, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders.
He was promoted to SFRS deputy assistant chief officer in 2015 when he accepted the post of head of human resources and organisational development.
The head of service delivery for the West oversees a region spanning 13 local authorities.
Deputy Chief Officer Alex Clark said: “Paul has spent 30 years protecting the people of Scotland.
“Since taking on his current role he has been instrumental in ensuring that we have continued to deliver excellent fire and rescue services to communities throughout this large and incredibly diverse area.
“I’m delighted he will be handing on the reins to an officer with Peter’s experience and I’d like to extend my congratulations to him on being appointed.
“With the support of a highly committed team, Peter will build on the great work that has already been carried out and continue to develop and improve the service we provide.”
The West Service Delivery Area includes the council areas Argyll and Bute, Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire.