Shantha Dickinson joins HMICFRS as new Assistant HMI

His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has been joined by a new assistant inspector to support its work.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Shantha Dickinson joins HMICFRS as an Assistant HMI (His Majesty’s Inspector) on a secondment from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service. She will provide additional support across fire and rescue service inspections, and the wider work of the inspectorate.

DCFO Dickinson began her career serving as an officer in the British Army for 10 years. She joined the fire service in 2014 and has undertaken a variety of roles within Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service. She became Assistant Chief Fire Officer in November 2016 and then Deputy Chief Fire Officer in 2021, with responsibility for the Policy, Planning and Assurance functions.

DCFO Dickinson said:

“Improving public safety and the safety of our firefighters has always been at the heart of my career with the fire service.

“I am pleased to be joining HMICFRS on secondment as an Assistant HMI. It is a great opportunity to work with fire and rescue services across the country, to build relationships, share best practice and make further improvements to safety.”

DCFO Dickinson will begin her role on 15 May 2023.


For further information, please contact the HMICFRS Press Office on 0300 071 6781 or (e-mail address).