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SOUTH Yorkshire’s fire service could be led by a new chief executive without experience of the emergency service.

The county’s Fire Authority, which oversees the way South Yorkshire Fire Service is run and funded, has agreed the post should be filled.

A salary of £142,523 a year is being offered, but a performance-related pay bonus scheme offered to previous chief officers has been scrapped.

Authority members will meet tomorrow to discuss the job advert – and have already agreed non-uniformed candidates who have never worked in the fire service should not be excluded from applying.

The successful candidate will be offered a car, unlike candidates applying for the vacant South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable post after the perk was scrapped.

The post, for a new Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, is expected to be advertised in a national newspaper and the Chief Fire Officer Association’s website.

It is thought interviews will be held in January or early February with Mark Smitherman’s successor taking over at the beginning of the new financial year.