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West Yorkshire Chief to retire.(PEOPLE PROFILE)(Phil Toase of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue )(Brief article)

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One of the UK's leading fire and rescue chiefs has announced his retirement from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue after 34 years' distinguished service.

Phil Toase, who began his career in 1974 at Dewsbury Fire Station and served throughout the brigade before becoming Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive in 2000, will stand down from the service on September 7.

Among his years of public duty, CFO Toase has received many accolades. He was honoured with a CBE for services to the Fire and Rescue Service in 2004 and held the presidency of the Chief Fire Officers Association during 2006/07.

Authority Chair, Councillor Philip Booth, says of the announcement: "Phil has dedicated his life to making West Yorkshire safer--and I believe his personal and professional contribution, from firefighter to the top of the career ladder, has made us a modern fire and rescue service fit for the 21st century. …

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