Strategic Enabler - Portfolio
Ben joined West Midlands Fire Service in 2001 and has undertaken a variety of roles including firefighter, crew and watch manager at operational stations in inner city Birmingham. Ben has also worked within training and development, fire safety, as a station and group commander and as the lead for Integrated Risk Management. Ben is passionate about public sector reform, taking an evidence based approach and providing the best services possible for the communities of the West Midlands.
Ben has extensive knowledge and understanding in relation to risk management, research into response times and assertive, safe and effective actions that reduce vulnerability. Ben has the strategic responsibility of our approach to Portfolio management and delivering personal and organisational value. Ben supports our engagement with the National Fire Chiefs Council, the Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group and West Midlands Combined Authority.
Ben also leads in relation to our Integrated Risk Management Planning (IRMP). By taking an evidence based approach through our IRMP West Midlands Fire Service has recognised the importance of delivering a risk based 5 minute attendance standard in order to improve survivability, reduce property damage and reduce the financial burden upon our communities. This is achieved through a blended fleet of response vehicles, crewing levels and equipment provision which is matched against risk. When our crews arrive at incidents they provide assertive safe and effective action.
Through an integrated approach to serving our communities, prevention, protection and response come together to control, reduce and remove risk in order to make vulnerable people, places and businesses Safer, Stronger and Healthier.