HAMPSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service has appointed its new deputy chief officer.

Neil Odin will step into the role of deputy for incoming chief Dave Curry, who is replacing outgoing chief officer John Bonney.

He was chosen following a rigorous two-day selection process at the service’s headquarters in Leigh Road, Eastleigh, this week.

Mr Odin, who joined Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service as assistant chief officer in 2011, said: “It is a real honour to be chosen to serve as Hampshire’s new deputy chief.

“Our Service is going through significant changes and I am delighted to form part of a strong new leadership team as we face the challenges ahead and continue to keep our communities safe.”

Mr Curry, the incoming chief officer, said: “Neil’s appointment will be important and influential in ensuring the Hampshire public continues to be served by one of the highest performing fire and rescue services in the country.”

Royston Smith, chairman of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “I am delighted with the appointment of Neil Odin as the new Deputy Chief Officer, and I know that he will make a significant contribution to the new leadership team.”

Outgoing Chief John Bonney, who had served a decade in the top job, steps down on December 31, with Mr Curry and Mr Odin taking on their new roles on January 1.