July 4, 2019
(CMR) It has been revealed online that Paul Walker from the United Kingdom will be taking up the role of Chief Fire Officer in the Cayman Islands for a year before retiring. He has spent the last 10 years serving in Cornwall.
This information comes despite the Cayman Islands Government making no official statement on the matter. According to The Packet, Walker is resigning from his current role as Chief Fire Officer in Cornwall to take up the interim post.
He was the Chief Fire Officer there since 2015 and was the Deputy Chief Fire Officer for six years prior to that. He is also the Director of Resilient Cornwall which oversees the fire and rescue service, community safety and localism.
It confirmed that Walker will leave Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service later this year to take on a one-year role as Chief Fire Officer of the Cayman Islands Fire Service, before taking retirement in 2020.
In a statement to the local paper he stated:
“I am very pleased and yet a little sad to inform colleagues that I am moving on to a new challenge.
It was always my intention to retire at the end of 2019 and securing this wonderful opportunity to share my 30 years’ fire and rescue service experience with international, domestic and airport fire and rescue service colleagues and to support their world-class fire and rescue service ambitions in the Cayman Islands, provides a challenging, rewarding and enjoyable one-year transition to my full retirement.”
The Cayman Islands Government appears to be struggling to find a permanent placement in the position after it was vacated some years ago. Since then they have offered several temporary contracts to UK fire officers. David Hails left the position back in January after it was confirmed he would not be renewing his contract.