BREAKING NEWS: Norfolk’s top fire officer outlines retirement plan

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Norfolk’s chief fire officer has signalled his intention to retire later this year, it has been confirmed this afternoon.

There had been speculation earlier in the day that Nigel Williams had resigned from his post, which was denied.

However, in a statement issued a short time ago, a Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “On 29 September 2015, Nigel Williams will have worked 30 years in the fire and rescue service.

“At that time Nigel will be eligible for retirement. This would be the case for any serving fire officer.

“The official processes involved require a Chief Officer to give notice of their intentions to retire to the fire authority, which in this case is Norfolk County Council, which decides whether to grant permission.

“Nigel has recently made his request to allow him to retire at the end of his service this autumn and a decision will be made in due course.

“Nigel Williams has served Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and the people of the county for nearly five years with great distinction.”