Paul Young CBE
Paul was born and bred in the East End of London where he commenced his fire service career in 1973 quickly making his way up the ranks. In 1985 he moved to Devon as a Divisional Commander and in 1990 relocated to Somerset to take up the post of Deputy Chief Fire Officer with promotion to Chief Fire Officer 2 years later. Paul returned to Devon as Chief Fire Officer in 1997 following which he was appointed the first Chief of the newly created Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service on the 1stApril 2007. After almost 17 years as a Chief, Paul retired from the Fire and Rescue Service on the 31stDecember 2008 and was subsequently appointed as the first Fire and Rescue Advisor and Inspector to the Welsh Assembly Government.
During Paul’s 37 year career he has held a number of positions including International President of the Institution of Fire Engineers, Chairman of the Association of Principal Fire Officers, Director and Board Member of the Chief Fire Officers Association and Chairman of the Chief Fire Officers Association Operations Committee.
Paul considers his experience, working alongside Clive Kemp, of bringing together Devon and Somerset into a new single Fire and Rescue Service in 2007 to be one of the highlights of his career. However, his long interest in the Fire and Rescue international scene has given him contacts, both social and professional, around the world.