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Retired fire chief earns an accolade
2:00pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
FORMER fire chief Peter Baxter’s leadership skills have led to him winning an award.
Mr Baxter, of West Lavington, won the community leadership award in the Wiltshire Voluntary and Community Awards, run by Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
The accolade was for his work as the independent chairman of the Wiltshire Compact. He is also a trustee at Age UK Wiltshire and the parish clerk in both West Lavington and Worton and was Devizes Community Area Partnership’s manager.
Mr Baxter took on the chairmanship of the Wiltshire Compact after he retired three years ago from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service after a 31-year career. He started as a retained fire fighter in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, and finished as assistant chief fire officer.
The Wiltshire Compact is a series of undertakings given by both public and voluntary organisations in the county.
Mr Baxter, who moved to West Lavington in 2005 when he transferred from Buckinghamshire, said: “In my relatively youthful retirement I felt it was appropriate to give something back to the public. It’s very satisfying.
“On the parish council side you are dealing with issues such as footpaths, dog fouling and speeding traffic and hopefully I am able to bring a few skills and experience to bear.”
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