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About Us

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service serves a population of more than 800,000 in the South East of England.

The areas we serve

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Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service serves:

  • Buckinghamshire
  • Aylesbury Vale
  • Chiltern
  • South Bucks
  • Wycombe
  • Milton Keynes

Our History

At midnight on 31 March 1948 the National Fire Service was disbanded, and on 1 April 1948 Buckinghamshire Fire Brigade came into service.

Buckinghamshire Fire Brigade Crest

On 1 April 2018, to mark the 70th anniversary, former Station Commander John Bull published

“The Evolution of Buckinghamshire Village and Town Fire Brigades Into The Buckinghamshire Fire Brigade.”

John’s 30-year career with Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service started in January 1981 when he became a retained firefighter at Beaconsfield Fire Station.

He became a wholetime firefighter at High Wycombe Fire Station in 1982, transferred back to Beaconsfield in 1989 and worked his way up the ranks to become an ADO (Assistant Divisional Officer, later called Station Manager and now Station Commander) in 2004 before retiring in January 2011.

Senior Management Team

Jason Thelwell
Chief Fire Officer and
Chief Executive

Jason Thelwell

Jason became Chief Executive in 2015 and leads Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service on its continued journey of improvement.

Graham Britten
Director of Legal
and Governance

Graham Britten

As the Senior Information Risk Owner, Graham is responsible for information governance and assessing how strategies may be affected by information risks.

Mark Hemming
Director of Finance
& Assets

Mark Hemming

Mark is responsible for the Fire Authority’s financial affairs as well as Fleet, Property, Procurement and all Asset Management.

Mick Osborne
Deputy Chief
Fire Officer

Mick Osborne

Mick is responsible for the day to day running of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service.

David Norris
Head of
Service Delivery

David Norris

David is responsible for Prevention, Protection, and operational Response.

Anneli McCallum
Executive
Assistant

Anneli McCallum

Anneli is Executive Assistant to the Chief Fire Officer and Personal Assistant to the Deputy Chief Fire Officer.

Calum Bell
Head of
Service Development

Calum Bell

Calum’s remit includes: Information Technology, Data Intelligence, Corporate Planning, Business and Systems Integration, Health & Safety and Well-Being, Resilience and Operational Assurance.

Kate Nellist
Democratic
Services Officer

Katie Nellist

As well as looking after the Members of the Fire Authority, Katie also supports Graham Britten, Director of Legal and Governance.


Related FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you charge for any of your services?

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There are charges for some of our services, including reports. These are explained on the Services we charge for page, click here to go to that page.

How are decisions made?

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Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority is a publicly accountable body which manages Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service on behalf of the communities it serves. It normally meets four times a year, with an annual meeting held in June. During these meetings, Members make decisions on policy, finance and resources. Click here to find out more about the Fire Authority meetings.

Where can I see the latest council tax information?

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We publish information every year explaining how much council tax you will pay as a contribution to fire and rescues services within Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. This information also explains how the amount was reached, where it was agreed, and what it will be spent on. Click here to read this information.

What do you spend money on?

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We publish information about our financial arrangements including annual information on how much money we have, how much we will receive, how much we expect to spend, and how much we have spent. This information is available within the Finance and Procurement area of this site, click here to go there . We also provide regular reports and updates to the Fire Authority, this information can be found within the Meetings section of this site, click here to visit that area.