Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have appointed a fire engineer to work with partners to create a safer county.

The successful candidate, Andrew Brown, joins Staffordshire from West Midlands Fire Service where he worked as a watch manager responsible for legislative fire safety. He has a BEng (Hons) in Fire Engineering and is a Chartered Manger.

The role will involve taking the fire safety lead for major development projects within the county and developing close working relationships with local planning teams, developers and building control officers. The service is keen to take a holistic view with new projects to arrive at a truly sustainable approach which prevents damage, loss of life and to buildings and keeps businesses in business. One of the main responsibilities of the role will be to ensure that all major refurbishments and new build projects consider design freedoms offered through early inclusion of fire suppression systems and any future fire safety innovations.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Staffordshire, Chris Enness said: "The increased use of sprinklers features high on our list of priorities here in Staffordshire and so we took the decision to recruit a fire engineer with the required knowledge and expertise to drive this area of work forward for us.

"Constructing safer buildings will not only help to protect the public and our firefighters during incidents in the future, it will also aid local economic growth through the mitigation of loss."

Andrew Brown commented: "I'm delighted to be taking up this new role, the service has some very ambitious plans and I'm very excited about the challenge. I look forward to developing some positive working relationships with people in the fire engineering sector both locally and nationally."

Fire Engineer, Andrew Brown takes up the new role on 17th September.


Posted August 20th, 2012 at 1220 by Andrew. Comment by emailing