Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has officially taken up her new role of Chief Fire Officer with West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service this morning. Sabrina said she was “absolutely delighted” to be taking on the job. She has nearly two decades of fire service experience, having most recently served as Interim Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Surrey Fire & Rescue Service. She said: "I am absolutely delighted to be here at West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, and I am very much looking forward to getting out and about to all of our stations to meet our crews who keep the residents of West Sussex safe 24 hours a day.” “I do appreciate that it has been a challenging couple of months for the fire service following the recent inspection report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire & Rescue Services, but I am really looking forward to working with our crews and our staff as well as our partners to make West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service the fire and rescue service it deserves to be.” Sabrina takes over from Gavin Watts who retired in June. Deputy Chief Fire Officer Neil Stocker has been Acting Chief Fire Officer in the interim. fire and rescue service Sabrina said: “I would like to thank Neil for doing a great job leading the service for the past few months and I look forward to working with him as we take the service forward.” Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities Jacquie Russell said: "I am delighted to welcome Sabrina to West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. Her wide ranging expertise will prove invaluable in helping to reaffirm a sense of value and identity within the workforce and developing future strategies that will assist us in continuing to both improve and provide an effective and efficient fire service for our residents.” It is so important to think about the impact of what we do day in day out on the people who rely on us" Sabrina began her career with South Wales Fire & Rescue Service where she served as a firefighter, before working her way up to more senior roles in the service and eventually serving in London Fire Brigade before her secondment to Surrey Fire & Rescue Service. effective and efficient fire service She has helped shape national fire service policy and practice during her government secondments at Her Majesty Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) and at the National Fire Chiefs Council. Throughout her career as a firefighter, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has pursued further and higher education. She is a chartered psychologist and her pioneering research into critical decision-making has received national and international recognition. She added: “Psychology as a discipline is really important to me, as it helps you to see the human element of everything you do, whether that’s the decisions you make, or the strategies you set. It is so important to think about the impact of what we do day in day out on the people who rely on us." trusted by residents "As a fire and rescue service we are in an incredibly privileged position to be trusted by residents to know what to do when they’re, quite frankly, having the worst day of their lives. Understanding the psychology behind that means we can all make a contribution to doing our best to help them when they need us most.”
Dr. Sabrina Cohen-Hatton is to join West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service as its new Chief Fire Officer. Dr. Cohen-Hatton joins the service with 18 years of fire service experience including senior roles in London Fire Brigade, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Welsh Government and most recently as Interim Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. She has helped shape national fire service policy and practice during her government secondments at Her Majesty Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) and at the National Fire Chiefs Council. Throughout her career as a firefighter, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has pursued further and higher education. She is a chartered psychologist and her pioneering research into critical decision-making has received national and international recognition. Economic impact of emergencies Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities Jacquie Russell said: "We are delighted to welcome Sabrina to West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. She comes with a breadth of experience, skills and knowledge to lead in delivering our top priority which is to keep our residents safe. have no doubt that under her leadership we can go further to create a diverse and inclusive workforce and drive improvements to our fire service.” It is an honour to be given this opportunity to lead the fire and rescue service in West Sussex Sabrina Cohen-Hatton said: "It is an honor and privilege to be given this opportunity to lead the fire and rescue service in West Sussex. Throughout my service, I have witnessed the human and economic impact of the emergencies we attend. We are privileged to be trusted to help when these events happen, and also trusted to prevent them from happening at all.” Leading the service “I know the immense pride our staff have in this, and I’m looking forward to working with the dedicated men and women of the service, colleagues across the council and our partners to keep our residents safe.” “I would also like to thank the Acting Chief Fire Officer, Neil Stocker, who has done a great job leading the service through a very challenging period.” An exact start date for Dr. Cohen-Hatton is to be confirmed.