The boss of West Midlands Fire Service will step down this autumn, it emerged today.
Chief Fire Officer Vij Randeniya, who is 53, will retire from the service on November 15.
A special meeting of the Fire and Rescue Authority last week formally accepted his resignation and agreed his retirement.
Chair of the fire authority, Councillor John Edwards said today: “The chief fire officer has contributed a huge amount during his 30 years’ service."
Mr Randeniya began his career 30 years ago at London Fire Brigade serving at some of the UK’s busiest fire stations before moving to Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue.
In 2000 he was promoted to West Midlands Fire Service as assistant chief officer, becoming deputy chief fire officer before his current post.