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In June 2013 Sir Ken Knight published an independent efficiencies review commissioned by the government of the 46 Fire and Rescue Authorities in England entitled Facing the Future.
Until January 2013, Sir Ken was the Government’s Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser for England since 2007 advising Ministers and senior officials in the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Fire service in the United Kingdom on fire policy matters and, providing advice during major and catastrophic emergencies. He was also responsible for the enforcement of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order in Crown premises in England.
Sir Ken provided assurance to Government regarding the fire safety arrangements and operational response by fire and rescue services for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games.
He has also produced reports on the widespread flooding in 2007, Rising to the Challenge, and was tasked by the Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government to undertake a review in the immediate aftermath of the fire at Lakanhal House, Camberwell, London in 2009 in which six people died. He has also completed a review of the fire and rescue services in Southern Ireland, Bermuda and Gibraltar and undertook a review of the national fire safety and civil defence arrangements in the Kurdish region of Iraq at the request of the Kurdish Regional Government.
Sir Ken commenced his fire service career in Surrey Fire Brigade as a firefighter in 1966 and subsequently, served in a number of UK fire brigades. At a principal officer level, he served as Assistant Chief Officer in London, Chief Fire Officer of Devon and the Chief Fire Officer of Dorset and West Midlands Fire Services before returning to London in 2003 as London’s Fire Commissioner until 2007.
Extract of Sir Ken's biography:
"sir Ken is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers. He is also a founder Trustee of the UK Firefighters Memorial Trust, and a Trustee of the Building Research Establishment. He is a past Master of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters.
He was awarded the Queens’ Fire Service Medal (QFSM) for distinguished service in 1991 and honoured with the CBE in June 2001, the Order of St John in 2005. He was Knighted in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours in 2006 and appointed one of Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenants of Greater London in the same year. Sir Ken was born in Croydon, Surrey".
- Efficiencies Review; Facing the Future
- Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser
- Fire Service in the United Kingdom
- London Fire Brigade
- Chief Fire Officers Association
- Chief Fire Officer
- Communities and Local Government News Release 099, 24 May 2007, New Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser Appointed