Who We Are and What We Do

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Our Chief Fire Officer – Ian Hayton


Ian has over 41 years’ experience in the Fire and Rescue Service.  Since joining Cleveland County Fire Brigade in 1975, he has performed a diverse number of roles including Strategic and Operational Incident Command, Crisis Management, Fire Safety Engineering, Human Resources and Organisational Development, Performance and Risk Management, and Strategic Management.

Ian has been a Principal Officer for over seventeen years.  In his role as the Chief Fire Officer of Cleveland Fire Brigade, Ian has the responsibility to strategically lead the organisation by providing a clear sense of purpose, direction and optimism.

On the UK national stage, Ian is the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) lead on Pensions matters and Medical and Occupational Health & Safety in the Fire & Rescue Service.  He also leads on the People and Organisational Development Executive Board for issues including National Firefighter Selection Tests, Assessment and Development Centres and Medical and Occupational Health Standards.  Ian also acted as a FRS adviser to the British Heart Foundation.

Ian is the founder, Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Cleveland Fire Brigade Risk Management Services CIC which was established as a new commercial trading arm offering reliable risk management, environmental and asset protection solutions to all companies in the Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Petrochemical and Energy sectors looking for a professional ‘best in class’ approach to all of their risk, safety and crisis management requirements while contributing to the social aims of public safety.

Ian was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in 2007.


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Our Fire Authority Chair – Cllr Jan Brunton Dobson

Councillor Brunton Dobson (Labour) became Chair of Cleveland Fire Authority in June 2015 and was appointed to the Authority by Middlesbrough Council in March 2009. Please click here for more details on our Fire Authority members, meetings and reports.


Our Organisational Structure

Our organisation is split into three key directorates, these are shown in a structural format and can be viewed by clicking on the individual areas below:


What We Do

Our Community Integrated Risk Managment Plan (CIRMP) 2018-22 identifies the strategic issues to be addressed over the next 4 years. It is fundamental  to our planning process to ensure that we effectively manage the risks within our Fire Authority area to meet the needs of all sections of the community.