A new Chair and Deputy Chair have been elected to lead Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Authority over the next two municipal years (2021-2023).

Councillor Elwyn Williams of Carmarthenshire was elected Chair and Councillor Kelvyn Curry of Powys was elected Deputy Chair, at the authority’s annual general meeting on Monday, June 14.

Councillor Williams is one of the authority’s longest serving members, having joined in June 2012. He has been deputy chair to the authority over the last two municipal years (2019-2021) and takes over from Councillor Jan Curtice of Swansea.

Councillor Williams first become a Community Councillor for Llangunnor in 1994, where he is currently serving as its chair. He has also represented Llangunnor on Carmarthenshire County Council since 2012 and undertakes an active role as Chair of the Dyfed Pensions Fund and Vice Chair of the Licensing Committee.

Commenting on his appointment as Chair, Councillor Williams said: “I am immensely privileged to be elected to lead Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Authority during such a critical time for public services in Wales.

“This has without question been an extremely challenging year for the Service and our communities. We have had to respond to the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic by developing new and innovative ways of delivering our services. We have also assisted colleagues in our health services in their efforts to vaccinate and safeguard our residents. Indeed, the Service’s response has been exemplar and I hope that during my tenure as Chair, we can build on the successful partnerships we have forged during the pandemic and continue to work together to keep the communities of mid and west Wales safe”.

Speaking on his appointment as Deputy Chair Cllr Curry said: “I am extremely grateful for the confidence and support of colleagues in my election as Deputy Chair to the Authority. I have no doubt that the next few years will be challenging as we recover from the pandemic. However, I am also confident that there will be opportunities to expand our services and further safeguard the communities we serve”.