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IN REMEMBRANCE

January 19 1970 to January 24 2024

Dates of service

November 2019
to
January 2024

The love and prayers of countless people are with Wayne’s family at this desperately sad time.

His death has devastated so many friends and colleagues.

Wayne touched so many people’s lives in so many different ways – during his lengthy service with London Fire Brigade, with West Midlands Fire Service, across the UK and international fire and rescue sector, in his public life and beyond.

Widely-respected as the UK’s first black Chief Fire Officer, his contributions in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion were immeasurable.

Wayne approached everything he did with standards that were simultaneously high and inspirational.

Please take comfort from leaving a personal message, or by reading those of others.

Chief Fire Officer Wayne Brown

Chief Fire Officer

Wayne Brown

19 January 1970 - 24 January 2024

Dates of service

November 2019 to January 2024

Serving locations

London Fire Brigade - Joined in June 1992 - Rising to Deputy Assistant Commissioner
Deputy Chief Fire Officer - West Midlands Fire Service
Temporary Chief Fire Officer - West Midlands Fire Service
Chief Fire Officer - West Midlands Fire Service

The love and prayers of countless people are with Wayne’s family at this desperately sad time.

His death has devastated so many friends and colleagues.

Wayne touched so many people’s lives in so many different ways – during his lengthy service with London Fire Brigade, with West Midlands Fire Service, across the UK and international fire and rescue sector, in his public life and beyond.

Widely-respected as the UK’s first black Chief Fire Officer, his contributions in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion were immeasurable.

Wayne approached everything he did with standards that were simultaneously high and inspirational.

Please take comfort from leaving a personal message, or by reading those of others.

Wayne's family

Our Beloved Wayne,
Our lives go on without you, but nothing is the same.
We have to hide our heartache when someone speaks your name
sad, are the hearts that love you.
Silent are the tears that fall
living without you is the hardest part of all. You did so many things for us.
You're heart was so kind and when we needed someone We could always count on you.
The special years will not return when we are all together.
But with the love in our hearts, you walk with us forever.

Kai Brown

Dad,

Words can’t describe how hard this is and how much pain I’m feeling. I love you and miss you so much already. From teaching me how to ride a bike, playing football to driving a car, you’ve always been there for me. This is deeper than anything and I want to live your legacy on as, you were a pure inspiration to me and everyone in the world and I will make you proud I promise.

You worked so hard for everything and I have always and will always look up to you. You will never know how grateful I am for having you in my life and I will carry you in my heart everywhere I go. Most of my life decisions were run through you as you always knew what was best for me. You made me fall in love with football and I will try my hardest to keep striving for more with the advice you’ve given me. You were the best dad in the world and I will now look after Mia and make sure she remembers how much of a hero her dad was. I got you for life dad, best friend, teacher, mentor, agent and many more to me.

This Is Your World And Your Legacy- The First Black Chief Fire Officer. No more words other than I love you so much Dad, Rest Easy. ❤️❤️❤️🕊️🕊️🕊️

John Flaherty

Sincere condolences, Thoughts and prayers for all of Wayne’s family, friends and colleagues

Abi
From
LFB -Former

Wayne you had a true presence, you always wore a smile and you had a way of making people feel at ease around you. I prayer that your family and those most dear to you find inner peace and comfort seeing all the inspiring messages which is a testament of just how fondly you will be remembered. RIP

David Gallagher
From
Young Driver Ambassador Ltd

With warmest and most heartfelt condolences to Wayne's family and those that worked with him.



May the legacy of being the first black chief fire officer go on to inspire others for generations to come.



Rest in peace.

Emma McLaughlin-Edwards
From
EMCOR UK

Heartbroken to have heard the news about a dedicated, kind, determined and thoughtful human being. Your light shone for many, far and wide and your memory will continue to do the same. My thoughts and love go to his family, friends, colleagues and to others who knew Wayne. Go in peace xxxx

Elliott Fox
From
Foleshill Fire Cadets QAVS

Sincere condolences, a very very sad time. Thoughts and prayers for all of Wayne’s family, friends and colleagues.

Auntie Hyacinth

The first word that came into my thoughts regarding my Nephew is 'Inspirational'. In the sense that he has inspired people of colour that they too can achieve their goals, just like Wayne did.

As an Aunt I was so Proud to mention your name amongst my friends and my children's friends. You will always remain close to my heart, you will never be forgotten.

Hyacinth (Auntie "Ice")

Revelation 21:3-4

Stephen Timmington
From
West Midlands Fire Service

Wayne was a truly inspirational leader and person, and he will be sorely missed by all. Wayne's impact upon all of those who he engaged with will not be forgotten, his legacy will live on, his memory inspiring us all.



My heartfelt condolences and greatest sympathies to Wayne's family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.



Wayne, may you rest in peace and rise in glory.

Hayley Whitehouse
From
West Midlands Fire Service

My deepest sympathy and thoughts to Wayne's family during this difficult time.

Harsimran Dhaliwal
From
WMFS

It's taken me some time to gather my thoughts, I only met Wayne in December 2023. Wayne you made me feel soo welcome into the organisation and I will never forget your friendly smile and warm welcome into the organisation. I will always be praying for the strength of your family. Rest in peace champ.

Carol Downes
From
Health and Safety Executive

I was shocked to hear here of Wayne's sad death, I had spoken to him only a week or so before at one of our regular meetings. I want to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences to both Wayne's family and to West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service. It is impossible to imagine how you are all feeling at this sad time, but want you to know that my thoughts are with you.

Pete Wilson
From
West Midlands Fire Service

It's taken me a while to be able to gather my thoughts enough to write something, so a couple of lines that aren't going to do you justice.



On a personal level, thanks for the confidence you showed in me. You were always so approachable and supportive, but also willing to chat about day-to-day stuff, have a laugh and share your thoughts (especially about the failings of Spurs).



Your pride at leading West Midlands Fire Service was infectious. You really started something here at WMFS. It's such a shame that you won't be around to see the impact you have had, and the legacy you have already left.

lisa boyle
From
concervative

i never new you as person but you did a amazing job in supporting and helping people my condolences to mrs brown and the family and freinds and fire sevice

Brian Porter

An outstanding leader. Received news of his passing with great sadness. May he rest in peace and his legacy and memory live on.

Matt Cook
From
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

My thoughts and prayers are with Wayne and his family during this difficult time. Across the national fire service we are mourning the loss of a highly respected officer and colleague. I knew Wayne personally and worked with him over many years in the London Fire Brigade, Wayne's passing comes as a personal loss. My deepest condolences to Wayne, his family, friends, and colleague from West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service and London Fire Brigade.

Tiffany A

Sending heartfelt condolences to Wayne’s family. I had the privilege of working alongside Wayne when he was in East London. Such a wonderful inspiration… rest on Wayne

Kay Bevin

A sad end for a veteran firefighter, proved in many years of loyal service. Never has a piece of paper put out a fire or rescued those in need. Rest easy Sir and deepest condolences to your loved ones, friends and colleagues. 😢

Helene Leslie
From
West Midlands Fire Service

No words come close to the deep sadness that I feel writing this message.



Wayne, you were a source of inspiration who had a charming smile that would light up the whole room, your absence here at HQ is still so raw.

You always made time to find out how Corey was getting on with his football, all the small details you would remember, which shows how genuine you were and attention to detail.

I will cherish our conversations laughter and your words of wisdom.



May you RIEP, you are greatly missed xx

Jon Lacey
From
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

I would like to say on behalf of everyone at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, our heartfelt condolences to Wayne's family, friends and colleagues. Wayne is, and always will be, an exceptional leader whose company I very much enjoyed, you have left a positive mark on so many people across all our fire services. You will be missed.

Andrew THURGOOD
From
West Midlands Fire Service

I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Wayne. His sudden departure has left us all in shock, and as I reflect on this news, I realise that Wayne was much more than just a boss to me.



Wayne's impact extended far beyond the confines of the workplace. He embraced every opportunity to reach out and make a difference in various areas of life. His unwavering support for my charitable medical work is a testament to his compassion and generosity. His passion for elevating care standards for firefighters across the sector was palpable in every conversation we had. On a personal level, Wayne's willingness to assist, his eagerness to lend a hand whenever needed, epitomised his characteristic style - always enabling, always supportive, always smiling.



Please accept my deepest condolences, and may Wayne's memory continue to inspire us all.



Warm regards,

Andy Thurgood

Medical Director

WMFS

Alex Shapland
From
West Midlands Fire Service

You were so many things to so many people, the mark you have left on us all and on the fabric of the WMFS is indelible. You just had an aura that made people at ease and gave confidence to all.



Always impeccably dressed, you had ability to connect and be relatable to everyone, you always had time for people………. you truly cared. You embodied ‘People, professionalism and pride’, which will forever be synonymous with you in our service.

You were a true inspiration, absolutely one of a kind. The world was a better place with you in it, you will never be forgotten.

Chris Clark

Sincere condolences, a very very sad time. Thoughts and prayers for all of Wayne’s family, friends and colleagues.

Sidney Benton

Rest in peace Wayne

Matthew Leech
From
West Midlands Fire Service

I would just like to send my condolences at this extremely tragic news to Wayne's family. I am thinking of you all. Wayne you were a true inspirational leader and I remember working with you on National Volunteers Week, whereby you handed out the awards to the volunteers for all their volunteering efforts. You had time for anyone and would speak and ask if they were alright. The world is a much lesser place without you. Rest in Peace

Matt

Heather Dunne
From
Staffordshire & West Midlands Fire Control

Sir



I, as many were rocked by the news of your passing.



You were the optimum of a true leader, always there to support and encourage. You never passed by without a time for a quick chat. You were an inspiration and if only more leaders could be more like you.



You will be sadly missed by all in Fire Control, and I feel privileged to have worked with you.



Thoughts are with your family and friends.

RIP Sir

Karen B Kilkenny

Such a brave life you must have had.....I think that you have touch many....hearts.

My sincere condolences too all of your family members.....eternal peace Wayne x

Colin Livett BEM
From
The Firefighters Memorial Trust

On behalf of the Firefighters Memorial Trust, may I formally place on record our sincere condolences on the loss of CFO Wayne Brown.



Wayne was highly respected and well known within the fire sector and his loss will be deeply felt within West Midlands and across the whole of the UK.



We will be holding a minutes silence at the next Trust meeting in February to remember him and to pause and reflect.

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