"I have been considering early retirement for some
time. I had seriously considered taking this option a year ago, but felt I should see the
'Comprehensive Review of the Provision of Fire Cover in Warwickshire' through, which I
"I also wish to spend more time with my wife who
recently suffered a heart attack and is not in the best of health. I too have to go into
hospital for a serious knee operation which, the experts tell me, will take at least six
months recovery time. I feel that a six month break from the service would be an
unacceptably long sick absence for a Chief Fire Officer to be away from his post.
"I feel it is now the right time to hand the reins
over to someone else to oversee the longer term development of our excellent fire and
rescue service in Warwickshire."