One of Greater Manchester’s most senior fireplace officers has been sacked. Assistant County Fire Officer, Dave Keelan, who earns £130,000 a yr, was suspended by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service on November twenty second whereas an investigation came about following an “internal complaint”.
A full disciplinary listening to came about this week heard by the Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Ben Norman. Mr Keelan has the best to attraction and may he select to take action that might be held in mid April earlier than Chief Fire Officer, Dave Russell.
The choice to proceed to a full disciplinary listening to adopted an investigation by a senior officer from the Tyne and Weir Fire Service who was commissioned by GMFRS to hold out an inquiry. In a press release as we speak a Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson mentioned: “GMFRS can confirm that following an investigation and disciplinary hearing, a senior member of staff has been dismissed from the organisation with immediate effect. This decision is subject to a right of appeal and therefore it wouldn’t be appropriate to comment further at this stage.”
Based mostly at fireplace service HQ in Pendlebury, Mr Keelan was till lately chargeable for Operations. This contains being accountable for fireplace engines, equipment, and operational coverage and process together with the service’s plans to take care of a terrorism assault, and multi-agency working at incident. His job is now known as Director of Service Assist however contains broadly the identical obligations.
In December a spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, mentioned: “Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has suspended a senior member of staff following an internal complaint. A full investigation is currently underway – it would not be appropriate to disclose further details at this time.”
At his house in south Manchester, Mr Keelan, when requested final yr if he want to remark about his suspension, mentioned: “Not at the moment”. His suspension got here per week a after a brand new report concluded Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service stays unprepared to reply successfully to a terrorist assault, 4 years after the Enviornment bombing.
The organisation additionally must do extra to guard the general public, in accordance with authorities inspectors. However the county’s fireplace chief and deputy mayor have hit again insisting the service does have the potential to answer a terrorist strike.
Mr Keelan, in accordance with the service’s web site, has general accountability for operational exercise, and is chargeable for operational coverage and coaching, operational assist, resilience and contingency planning and operational assurance and efficiency. Since he joined GMFRS he has labored as Head of Prevention, Head of Operational Coaching, as a borough supervisor and led a staff investigating the tragic dying of firefighter Stephen Hunt at an operational incident in Oldham Avenue Manchester in July 2013.
He represents GMFRS on the Greater Manchester Resilience Discussion board, is the Chair of the Nationwide Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) North West Operations Resilience Committee and represents the North West on the Nationwide NFCC Operations Coordination Committee.
In July final yr he was probably the most senior GMFRS serving fireplace officer who gave proof on the Manchester Enviornment Inquiry and apologised for the hearth service’s ‘woeful and unacceptable response’ to the bombing on the night time. He addressed bereaved households and all those that have been injured and proceed to be affected by the atrocity from the witness stand.
The hearth service, he mentioned emotionally, let down the general public. “Personally, and on behalf of GMFRS, I apologise for our woeful and unacceptable response to that incident. We let you down when you needed us the most.”
Mr Keelan spoke of the construction – and said functions – of the hearth service in Greater Manchester. One was ‘to avoid wasting, defend and enhance the lives of individuals in Greater Manchester’, the inquiry heard.
Mr Keelan agreed the hearth service ‘completely did’ fail to fulfil that objective on the night time of Could 22, 2017. However he went on to element a raft of adjustments applied by GMFRS after the atrocity – saying a single ‘tri-service’ management room – for police, the hearth service and the ambulance service – as an alternative of the present North West Fire Management in Warrington could be the ‘gold customary’ for Greater Manchester sooner or later.