Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) has today welcomed a new Assistant Chief Fire Officer to the organisation, Ben Brook.
Ben joins WFRS from West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service and brings with him over 20 years’ experience in a range of roles from Integrated Risk Manager in 2014 to Strategic Enabler in 2016 to working his way through the ranks to Assistant Chief Fire Officer in 2019. In addition to his role, Ben is also the national lead for the Fire Sector Federation, where he provides national leadership on behalf of the National Fire Chiefs Council.
In his current role, Ben has led the cultural change programme and is a key ambassador for equality and diversity within the service. Ben is also a key influencer and has spoken at several national events about the key operating principles of the fire service.
Talking about the appointment, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services Chief Fire Officer, Kieran Amos said:
“I am really pleased to welcome Ben to Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service. He is a well-respected and experienced fire and rescue professional, and brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and operational leadership. With his drive and determination, I am sure that Ben will be an asset to Warwickshire and our leadership team as well as being instrumental to improving the lives of the communities we serve.”
Talking about his new role, Ben said he was looking forward to the new challenge and was keen to use his experience to reduce risk and vulnerability, enhance economic sustainability and create healthier communities. “I am committed to cultural and transformational change and I am excited about working in Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.”
Ben has a young family and enjoys running, cycling and occasionally playing the guitar (very badly!)
In addition to Ben taking up his position, Barnaby Briggs will also be taking on the role as Assistant Chief Fire Officer in the new management structure. Barnaby has been an essential member of the Leadership Team in Warwickshire for some time now and will continue to play a valuable role in keeping the communities of Warwickshire safer.
We wish both officers all the very best of luck in their new roles!