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Richard Lawrence

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Richard Lawrence

Deputy Chief Fire Officer - retired

What does your job involve?

My role as Deputy Chief Fire Officer involves direct responsibility for the Service Support Directorate. This encompasses Performance & Information, ICT, HR, Corporate Communications, Operational Fleet and Equipment, Health & Safety, Operational Policy and Fire Control. All of these areas regularly provide me with new and interesting challenges.

I also chair the Local Resilience Forum Business Management Group for West Mercia which ensures that local agencies and organisations can effectively prepare for and respond to significant incidents and events across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire.

When did you start working for the Service?

I initially joined HWFRS in 1986 before transferring to West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) in 1989. During my time at WMFS, I worked in variety of operational roles in and around the Black Country divisions and also spent some time in training. Exactly 10 years later in 1999, I moved back to HWFRS as the Station Commander of Redditch Fire Station. From 2005 to 2010, I undertook Divisional Officer and Area Commander roles of District Commander for North Worcestershire and also Policy, Planning and Performance. Between 2007 and 2011, I held various responsibilities as Assistant Chief Fire Officer for both Service Delivery and Service Support. My current role as DCFO commenced in August 2011.

Why do you like working for HWFRS?

I can honestly say that I'm as enthused today as I was when I joined the Service 31 years ago and I am surrounded by colleagues who have the same passionate approach about what they do. HWFRS is a productive, forward thinking organisation and I'm exceptionally proud to work here.

What interests do you have outside of work?

My hobbies include travelling, gardening and playing a good game of golf. I also enjoy keeping fit and my family, which include three children and three grandchildren, also keep me very busy.