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Firefighters protest today in Northampton against Commissioner Stephen Mold

Northamptonshire firefighters are rallying outside the Guildhall today (September 7), calling for the police, fire and crime scrutiny panel to pass a vote of no confidence in Police and Fire Commissioner (PFCC) Stephen Mold.

This follows a firefighter vote in Mold’s leadership on Monday (September 4), with the FBU (Fire Brigades Union) Northamptonshire Brigade Committee passing the action unanimously.

The scrutiny panel has the power to stage their own vote at their meeting today, in an attempt to pressure Mr Mold to resign. In July, Stephen Mold appointed his own staffer, Nicci Marzec, to the role of interim chief fire officer.

It was despite the fact that Ms Marzec had never been a firefighter and had no operational experience in the fire service. After outcry from the public, the Fire Brigades Union, and local politicians, Ms Marzec stepped down from the role.

READ MORE: Northamptonshire firefighters vote of no confidence in commissioner Stephen Mold

She has since resigned from all positions she holds with the PFCC office, including as head of staff. However, Mr Mold still remains in his post. A FBU spokesperson said it has called on Fire Minister Chris Philp to end this “abuse of power” by scrapping the “undemocratic and unaccountable” PFCC model.

Adam Taylor, Fire Brigades Union Executive Council representative for the East Midlands, said: “Stephen Mold must listen to his constituents and resign. How can a disgraced commissioner oversee our fire service when our firefighters have no confidence in his leadership? He has abused his position of power for private gain and has been dodging accountability ever since.

“Firefighters have passed a vote of no confidence in the commissioner. Residents of Northamptonshire are calling for him to go. The scrutiny panel today must follow suit. We must have confidence that our fire service is being run in the interest of public safety.”

Mr Mold previously said Ms Marzec was “a credible candidate” to lead the service “for a short time while we advertised for a new chief officer” and that he had appointed her “to keep stability”. However, he later backtracked admitting he had acted “too quickly” in his “urgency” to ensure there was a chief fire officer in place for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 9.

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