Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive
Tell us about your role
As Chief Fire Officer, I have overall responsibility for over 600 members of staff, 25 fire stations, 41 fire engines as well as a number of specialist vehicles. My role is to ensure that the organisation delivers the best possible emergency response, prevention and protection services to the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. As an active member of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), I also play a role nationally and have helped shape on-call recruitment at a national level.
Tell us more about your fire service career
As of 2021, I have spent 29 years in the fire service. I began my fire service career as a firefighter at Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service before moving to London Fire Brigade a few years later to serve as a Station Commander. I joined Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) in 2001 and progressed through various roles before taking up the role of Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive in 2021.
What makes HWFRS a great place to work?
HWFRS is a dynamic, efficient organisation that gets things done and I get a lot of job satisfaction from that. It's also fantastic to be part of such a positive workforce that are committed to making the area a safer place to live.