Structure

The Service is run by a chief fire officer who is also the chief executive of the Service. The chief fire officer is supported by a deputy chief executive and an assistant chief fire officer, who form the chief officers group. 

Each chief officer is responsible for a number of departments and functions and is supported by a management structure from across the organisation. 

The current chief officer group is:

Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland, responsible for ensuring the Service performs all of its statutory duties, along with:

  • Transparency, Media and Communication
  • Democratic and Legal Services. 

Deputy Chief Executive Matthew Warren, who is treasurer to the Fire Authority and responsible for:

  • HR, Learning and Development, Recruitment and Equality and Inclusion
  • Programme Management and Planning, Business Intelligence and Performance and STEP transformation
  • Finance, Property and estate management and Payroll
  • Procurement and contract management and Business Support
  • ICT.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Rick Hylton, who is responsible for:

  • Operational Response (wholetime and on-call) including Combined Fire Control
  • Community Fire Safety (prevention and protection) and Resilience
  • Resource Management and Occupational Health
  • Operational Support, Equipment, Policies and Procedures, Training and Fleet.