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Richard joined London fire Brigade in 1992 aged 19. After four years as a firefighter at Leytonstone, he moved onto Barking, Hornchurch then onto be Station officer in special operations group, before working as a staff officer to the Assistant Commissioner central service delivery.
Richard has held numerous senior officer positions including; Station manager incident management training, Group manager rescue skills, Borough Commander Haringey, DAC South West Area, DAC North East Area, Assistant Commissioner Operational Policy.
Richard has attended several significant incidents including civil disturbances in 2011, the Mandarin Hotel fire and the Grenfell Tower fire.