Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford will be celebrating 30 years in the fire and rescue service this Thursday.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 30 years and feel very privileged to have been given the opportunities that I have"
Peter Dartford, Chief Fire Officer
Peter started his career aged 18 as a firefighter with Hertfordshire Fire Brigade in 1982 and during his 17 years there was promoted a number of times, reaching the rank of Divisional Commander. During his time in Hertfordshire, he took charge of the rescue operation at the train crash that occurred in Watford in August 1996.
Peter joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in February 1999 as Senior Divisional Officer. Just two years later Peter was again promoted to Assistant Chief Fire Officer and in 2005 became Deputy Chief Fire Officer. April 2008 saw Peter become the new Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Peter was also appointed a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers in 2009 and is also the National Lead Officer for Prevention for the Chief Fire Officers’ Association.
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 30 years and feel very privileged to have been given the opportunities that I have.
“There have been many changes in the fire and rescue service during that time, the most significant being the recognition that prevention is better than cure and that there is a great deal that we can do to improve the lives and well-being of the communities we serve, much of which goes way beyond the traditional expectations of our organisation.
“That principle has been applied particularly effectively here in Staffordshire and I am very proud of the achievements we have made to reduce the levels of death and injury from fire and the other positive outcomes we have delivered with our partners.
“I look forward to the years to come, which I am sure will be challenging but will give me and the rest of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service the opportunity to make even more of an impact and contribute much more to dealing with the priority issues affecting local people.”
Peter also holds a Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree in Fire Safety Engineering and a Masters Degree in Management. In his spare, he enjoys rural life in the Staffordshire Moorlands with wife Natalie and his four children.