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Dorset Fire Authority say thanks and farewell to Assistant Chief Fire Officer

Nick Marsden Retirement SHQ 06Dec12

3:19pm 11th December 2012

Members of the Dorset Fire Authority (DFA) said goodbye to outgoing Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO), Nick Marsden, at the end of their recent meeting.

Members paid tribute to Nick’s ‘tremendous’ contribution in making Dorset Fire and Rescue Service such a high performing Authority.

Nick (53), first joined Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1985, after having been in the Navy for six years, and then moved over to Dorset in 1990, where he will be until his formal retirement at the end of this year.

DFA Chairman, Rebecca Knox, said: “I would like to thank Nick both personally and on behalf of the Authority for his tremendous contribution to making Dorset one of the best performing fire and rescue services in England today. His work in the Leadership and Development arena alongside his outstanding Masters degree in that field will benefit DFRS and other services nationally and I am very proud of the work and commitment that he has shown over the past 22 years.”

When asked what his best and worst moments within the fire service were, Nick said: “I am absolutely privileged to have been part of this strategic team and part of the huge distance that Dorset Fire and Rescue Service has come since I joined. It is more than a job, it is a part of your life. I am also very proud of achieving the rank of Assistant Chief Fire Officer and to have been able to work closely with everyone at DFRS who have made and continue to make the Service what it is today. It is also very reassuring that the new Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Ben Ansell, is coming into such a strong strategic management team and will continue to take the Service forward in what are, and will be, such challenging times.”

His worst moments have always been: “Seeing children hurt or injured in road traffic collisions. It is always so traumatic which is why it is so important that we continue to work with our partners to try and reduce these incidents.”

Nick recently achieved his Master of Science (MSc) in Leadership and Management at Portsmouth Business School, gaining the highest marks in memory for a dissertation ever awarded at that institute. He added: “The dissertation explored the relationships between trust, empowerment and the psychological contract within DFRS. I hope that it will be a useful tool in continuing to move the service along the leadership and development path which is so important in a modern service.”

Nick, who lives in Milborne St Andrew with his wife Debbie and ten year old son Fred, also has two sons, Tom (26) and Sam (23) but is not cutting ties altogether. He is looking forward to his next challenge when he returns in 2013 as a voluntary Assistant Team Leader in the 100th Princes Trust programme which will run in Weymouth.

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