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Fire brigade leaders suspended over 'old boys' club' allegations

Report into Avon service found perception that bullying and harassment was ‘endemic’

The chief fire officer of Avon fire and rescue and his deputy have been suspended in the wake of a report criticising both the service and the authority responsible for its oversight.

The Home Office report noted suggestions the fire authority was an “old boys’ club”, while Kevin Pearson, who became chief fire officer in 2001, had been “unchallenged and not held properly to account for too long”.

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