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Strategic Enabling Team

Our Chief Fire Officer, Phil Loach, leads what we call, our Strategic Enabling Team (SET). These ‘directors’ of our service and strategic leads oversee the shape and direction of the brigade, and that we’re meeting our legal responsibilities.

SET consists of managers from across the organisation ranging in areas from Emergency Response to Communications and Finance.

Gary Taylor

Assistant Chief Fire Officer (Enabling Services)

Gary has worked his entire career with the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) having joined as an 18-year-old in 1987. He worked the first 15 years of his career across the Black Country before moving into Birmingham and later, Coventry and Solihull.

Having taken up the role of Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Director of Service Delivery in 2012 he continues to relish the opportunity of working alongside the finest firefighting and support teams across the country. Gary is now the Enabling Services Programme Executive and responsible for the systems, policies and guidance that enable the strategic aims of WMFS.

In 2014 Gary was awarded an MA in Managing and Leading People from the local Coventry University.

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