School of Engineering
JB Firth, JBF011
+44 (0) 1772 89 5680
Subject Areas: Fire
Simon is a Senior Lecturer specialising in fire safety and health and safety. He served in the Fire and Rescue Service for over 36 years in a number of specialist roles. Simon has extensive industry experience in a wide range of issues including technical fire safety, strategic and tactical incident management, risk management planning, project planning, business continuity planning, emergency planning and fire investigation. A certified practicing life safety fire risk assessor for complex buildings.
Simon's research activities include high velocity human factors in safety critical domains.
Simon served in the Fire Rescue Service for 36 years before joining the University of Central Lancashire and has extensive experience in a number of managerial functions. He was a specialist fire safety officer for many years working on a broad range of projects some extremely complex requiring fire engineered solutions.
Simon managed a commercial training centre and responsible for developing the training strategy for 1500 uniformed and non-uniformed personnel. With extensive command and leadership experience he also served as a Divisional Commander of a large busy operational Division. He also gained experienced as a Gold Commander for large complex emergency incidents.
He has extensive personnel management knowledge and experience serving on the Senior Management Team of Lancashire Fire Service for over ten years. He was Head of Operational Risk Management with wide ranging responsibilities including operations, risk management planning, information management, best value, and national resilience. Designed, procured and project managed the development of a number of emergency response vehicles and developed the Service Business Continuity Plan.
Simon's skills and experience are varied, well developed and current. Since moving to the University of Central Lancashire, he has specialised in health and safety, fire risk assessment and emergency management. He is technically competent but importantly this is backed by practical industry experience as well as the ability to impart the knowledge to others so that they can gain from real world problems and experiences. He is a practitioner in ‘life fire risk assessment of complex buildings’ and has developed a competency framework for fire risk assessors.
Designed and managed the build of 3 emergency command vehicles with an asset value of £1,000,000.
Designed and managed the build of emergency vehicles for oil and gas fields in the middle east with a contract price of £1,000,000.
Introduced and developed IT based resource mobilising asset tracking system.
Managed the integration of Government New Dimension assets into the fire Service including mass decontamination, urban search and rescue, high volume pumps, detection and monitoring equipment and command and control vehicles.
Responsible for the development and management Lancashire 'United Kingdon Search and Research Team' for International deployments.
Review of Aerial Appliance assets and the operational effectiveness of Combined Aerial Rescue Pumps resulting in capital savings of £1,000,000 and revenue savings of £500,000 per annum.
The formulation of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service water rescue policy, the procurement of assets and the training of personnel and subsequent integration with National assets for flood resilience.
Managed the introduction of pooled PPE and electronic asset tracking. Innovative approach not used before but adopted nationally following its success. Project value £2,000,000.