CEO of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue authority passes

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Paul Fuller is seen here receiving his CBE from Helen Nellis, Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire.

Paul Fuller CBE died after a short illness on June 7, 2021, he was approaching his retirement later this year, after serving 19 years as Chief Fire Officer and CEO of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue service said: “We are very saddened to announce that our Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller CBE passed away peacefully after a short illness, in the early hours of this morning (June 7) with his family at his side.”

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis said: “Paul Fuller, Chief Fire Officer of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was a key member of Team Bedfordshire for decades, using his professionalism, humour, warmth and practical approach to bring partners together harmoniously to effect significant change which impacted so positively on the life experiences of people locally and nationally.

“His wisdom, calming hand and generous hospitality was valued highly and he was able to convene people with different perspectives to come together in a convivial atmosphere. As a much-respected Deputy Lieutenant, his cheerful “can do” approach to leadership meant that he made a huge difference to the way in which we do our work. Paul was also a huge supporter of charities, boldly and persuasively encouraging others to get involved and play their part.

“I pay tribute to all of Paul’s great contributions, for the lives he saved and changed, for being a role model to youngsters who will now follow in his footsteps, and for being a true and trusted friend to many. His light will shine brightly in our lives always. A loving husband, father and grandfather, we send our sincere condolences to his family.”