Ex Surrey Fire Service brings over 35 years of emergency service experience in operational, prevention and training background. His expertise and enthusiasm and energy will raise the profile of safer fire fighting in the UK. He was until recently Chief Fire Officer for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi Kenya after setting up from scratch a fully functional fire, rescue and ambulance service based on UK standards. This now covers Kenya as well and includes air ambulance response covering some 588,000 square miles.
Richard was co-author of The Energy Institute’s code of practice on the product and vehicle recovery of low flash products transported by road tanker and was founder of the International Vehicle Fire Investigation course which has IFE CPD.
He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers, Associate Member of the Society of Operational Engineers and an Honorary Member of the Institute of Vehicle Recovery. He is also author of the Police Blue Book on dealing with HAZMAT incidents, author of the risk management distant learning BSc programme for the University of Hong Kong, author of the Police and Forensic Science Fire Investigation handbook and Exercise Director for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Counter Terrorism Exercises in Central and East Africa.
Richard is a fully qualified instructor, fire safety officer and experienced fire officer who has taken command of many demanding fire and rescue situations both in the UK and overseas.
Matt Sullivan, MSc, MinstLM, MICPEM
Serving 30 years in the Surrey Fire Service, Matt worked in various roles culminating as the Head of Planning & Intelligence.
He acted as SFRS lead planner as part of the multi-agency planning team for the 2012 Olympics. His operational commitments included flood manager, hazmat officer and National Inter-Agency Liaison Officer alongside normal command & operational duties.
Currently lecturing for Kingston University, he specialises in Hazards and Disaster Management and also provides consultancy and training on fire safety, Emergency Planning, Disaster Management, and Risk Assessments.
John has recently retired as a Station Commander in East Sussex Fire & Rescue. During that time he acquired knowledge and experience in fire fighting both in operational and training roles. John also gained considerable understanding in the science of fire behaviour, fire safety and fire investigation.
John joined the fire service in West Sussex and also served in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and then completed his service with East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.
In his training role he was a lead recruit instructor at the fire training centre in East Sussex and also specialised in BA and fire behaviour training. He received training from the Swedish Rescue Services Agency (SRSA) which was then hosted by Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service. Following his advanced training he designed and implemented fire behaviour training at the East Sussex FRS Training Academy which was also responsible for training Surrey Fire & Rescue and West Sussex Fire & Rescue.
He has travelled to Tanzania in East Africa and trained a private fire service, in both BA and fire behaviour training.
Is owner director of Heavy Rescue UK Ltd., also owner director of Extreme Rescue Ltd.
He has been a Heavy Recovery Specialist 30
Specialist Tactical Advisor:- Heavy Rescue / HAZ MAT / Swift Water Rescue / Flood Rescue / Specialist Dive Team / FPOS I Medic
Heavy Rescue Instructor / Heavy Rescue UK / Heavy Rescue Sweden / International Association of Heavy Rescue.