Chairman of the combined fire authority of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.(People)

The funeral of Cllr Rex Lingham Wood took place on June: 29 at St James Parish Church, Gerrards Cross. Firefighters from the brigade acted as pallbearers at the ceremony.

CFO Jeff Goddard said: "Rex was the strongest supporter of the fire service is so many ways.

"His management expertise helped ease through the creation of the Combined Fire Authority covering the separate local councils of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.

"Later those business skills were invaluable in ensuring the smooth transition to a precepting authority, which, with its first budget earlier this year, showed that we were one of the most cost efficient brigades in the country whilst providing a good service to our community. …

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