Ron Dobson has been appointed as the London Fire Brigade’s new Commissioner.
Ron, 48, who was previously the Brigade’s acting Director of Operational Policy and Training, takes charge of the world’s third largest fire brigade, with some 7,000 staff, over 6,000 of whom are based in 112 fire stations across the capital. Alongside his responsibilities for a whole range of operational emergencies and community fire safety activities, he will oversee for fire safety legislation covering some 700,000 premises across London.
Ron joined the Brigade in 1979 and since then has risen through the ranks to become an Assistant Commissioner in 2000. In 2002, Ron became the principal officer responsible for delivering the Brigade’s day-to-day operations and led a wide range of community safety work that has seen fires, fire deaths and fire injuries fall dramatically in London over the past few years.
Ron has also been central to the Brigade’s preparations in responding to the terrorist threat. He is a member of many national committees and working groups and during the terrorist attacks on 7 July 2005 was the Brigade’s senior operational commander responsible for liaising with the other emergency services and supporting agencies and ensuring that the emergency services’ response was co-ordinated and integrated.
Ron was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in 2005. He succeeds Sir Ken Knight, who has left the Brigade to become the government’s national fire service adviser.
Ron said: “It is a great honour to be appointed the Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade. I am very proud of the professionalism shown by all staff in the Brigade in successfully dealing with the changes and challenges that we have faced over the past few years and, while I am sure that there are many challenges to come, I am confident that we will continue to successfully deal with each of them. I am confident that Londoners will continue to see their firefighters at the forefront of work to make the capital a safer city.“
The appointment was made by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, which runs the London Fire Brigade. Chair of the Authority Valerie Shawcross said: “This appointment is good news for London. The capital’s fire service will have at its helm an exceptional professional with detailed knowledge of what is required to make London safer and the vision to deliver it.”
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