Mark Christian has been promoted to Interim Chief Fire Officer for an initial period of six months.

This follows Kevin Groom’s retirement after 40 years in the Isle of Man Fire & Rescue Service.

Mark joined the Fire & Rescue service in 1994 as a retained firefighter, becoming a whole-time firefighter in 1997.

Since then he has held various positions including Station Commander, Technical Fire Safety Officer, Deputy Head of Fire Safety and Head of Operational Support.

During his time in the Fire and Rescue service, he has gained a wealth of experience – managing operational crews, working as a Hazmat adviser, breathing apparatus instructor and delivering a number of strategic projects including the building of the on-island live fire complex used to train firefighters in realistic conditions.

Mark said: ‘I’m really proud to have been given the opportunity to lead the Isle of Man Fire & Rescue Service during the next six months, we have a fantastic team of people who work tirelessly on a daily basis to keep the community of the Island safe. I’m also looking forward to working more closely with the wider Home Affairs team.’