New local senior officer for East and West Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute

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Area Manager Jim Hymas takes charge of crews based at 45 stations.


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has named its new local senior officer for East and West Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute.

Area Manager Jim Hymas has almost 23 years’ experience in the service and takes charge of crews based at 45 stations, becoming the dedicated link between SFRS and the three local authorities.

He said: “It’s a tremendous privilege to become local senior officer and I know I’m inheriting a terrific team.

“The East and West Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute area is an incredibly varied one and that means our crews are very much part of the communities they serve.

“Our personnel are utterly dedicated to protecting people and property and their work goes far beyond responding to emergencies – they’re constantly engaged with our partner agencies and with the public to prevent incidents from happening in the first place.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to build on our already strong partnerships with the police, the councils, health boards and active citizens throughout the area.

“These are central to reaching members of our communities who may be at increased risk of experiencing fire in the home or being involved in a road traffic collision, raising awareness of the risks and helping them stay safe.”

Area Manager Hymas joined the fire service in June 1992 and was first posted to the Blue Watch team at Bellshill Community Fire Station in North Lanarkshire.

Promotions saw him lead crews at Motherwell and Coatbridge, serve in the fire safety office at East Kilbride then command a watch at Parkhead before a stint with the human resources team at the then Strathclyde brigade headquarters.

He returned to Motherwell in February 2008 as station commander and rose to become a group manager within eight months, joining the Training and Operational Review team before heading fire safety enforcement in the Prevention and Protection directorate.

As the new local senior officer he succeeds Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Paul Connelly, who was recently promoted to become head of service delivery for the west of Scotland.

DACO Connelly said: “I’m proud to have been able to serve my local area for the last few years and to have led such a fantastic team – they’ve worked extremely hard to deliver some of the lowest fire figures in living memory.

“We’ve been helped and supported along the way by everyone in the Community Planning Partnership, including our colleagues in the councils, Police Scotland and health boards.

“My new role as head of service delivery covers an area containing around half the country’s population, so I’m looking forward to working closely with all my local senior officers to meet its challenges and deliver similar results throughout the west.

“I know that Jim Hymas will perform an outstanding role as he takes command of East and West Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute.

“He has extensive operational experience as well as great knowledge of prevention and safety initiatives and I would like to wish him every success.”