Chris became Chief Fire Officer of Lancashire in October 2012. Prior to that he was the Assistant Chief Fire Officer responsible for Service Delivery which includes operational response, community fire safety and fire safety enforcement. He originally joined Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in 1978, transferring to Lancashire to take charge of the Service Training Centre at Chorley in 2000. He subsequently progressed to be Assistant Chief Officer in 2003.
As the Chief Fire Officer, Chris is responsible for the leadership the Service together with providing direction and improvement. He advises the Combined Fire Authority on all matters to ensure that the Service continues to meet its statutory obligations, through reducing risk, providing effective operational response and resilience, whilst providing value for money.
Chris has led on a number of projects for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service including the Regional Control Centre Project and secured government approval for the North West on the Private Finance Initiative project to deliver 16 new Fire Stations across Lancashire, Merseyside and Cumbria.
Chris was in the first cohort of students to pass the Fire Engineering Degree at the University of Central Lancashire in 1995, which was specially tailored for the needs of senior fire service managers. He was one of the first officers in the country to use academic qualifications, coupled with the technical experience from within the Service, to attain Chartered Engineer status in 1997. He has since built on these foundations with two Masters Degrees, one in Management and one in Fire Command. At the end of 2013, Chris was awarded the Queens Fire Service Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. .