Simon Cable

Senior Lecturer Fire Safety and Fire Protection

School of Engineering

J. B Firth Building, JB011

+44 (0) 1772 89 5680

Subject Areas: Engineering, 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.

Full Profile

  • MA Professional Training and Development Leeds University 2003
  • BSc(Hons) Fire Engineering Management Uclan 1999
  • NEBOSH National Diploma Santia Training 2012
  • Certified Lead Auditor ISO22301 Business Continuity Systems bsi 2015
  • Certificate of Business Continuity Institution bci 2013

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, risk management, emergency management and fire investigation. He is technically competent but importantly 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.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

I specialise in strategic risk management and strategic emergency decision making, business continuity and disaster management and fire investigation. I also contribute to the specialist fire safety and fire engineering Modules.


  • Chartered Member Institution of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Member of the Business Continuity Institute
  • Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers
  • Associate Member Institute Environmental Management and Assessment
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



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 Kingdom 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 for. Innovative approach not used before but adopted nationally following its success. Project value £2,000,000.

External Activities

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • Course Leader MSc Fire Scene Investigation and BSc (Hons) Fire and Leadership Studies;
  • Module Tutor Safety health and Environment
  • Module Tutor Fire Investigation
  • Module Tutor Strategic Risk Decision Making
  • Module Tutor Accident Investigation Theory and Practice
  • Module Tutor Operational Firefighting