Darren Baird has dedicated his life to the prevention of fire. A frontline fire-fighter for 16 years, he has been awarded a County Fire Officers Certificate of Commendation for actions taken involving the rescue of six children in a severe house fire.
He rose to become Borough Fire Safety Manager (Assistant Divisional Officer) for Greater Manchester Fire Service, before leaving to establish Total Fire Services.
Darren entered the Fire Service as an operational fire-fighter in 1990. As well as front line duties, the roles also included conducting routine fire safety inspections on varying premises. By 2002, Darren had been promoted to the role of Station Officer. In this role, Darren provided a wide range of training courses to operational personnel in the form of lectures, practical drills and demonstrations. His role also included the training of recruits in trauma care over a 2 year period.
In September 2002, he transferred from operational duties to the role of a dedicated Fire Safety Officer based at a busy inner city office in Salford. The following year brought promotion to the rank of Station Officer (Fire Safety) in the City Centre of Manchester, where he remained for 18 months dealing with some of the most complex buildings in the country. It was during this time that Darren established Total Fire Services, initially as a part time consultancy.
Darren then transferred to the fire safety department in Stretford, which involved the conducting of inspections at the Trafford Centre, one of the largest shopping complexes in the country. The area is also renowned for having a number of high risk industrial businesses including complex chemical and processing plants.
In May 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Divisional Officer (Fire Safety) for the borough of Rochdale. The role was responsible for the fire safety management and direction of resources for the borough of Rochdale and incorporated 3 shopping complexes, 3 hospitals, 108 schools, 135 HMO’s, 134 care homes, 25 hotels, 326 factories, 179 offices and 44 shops. The role also involved dealing with all building regulations consultations for the borough, the issuing of enforcement notices, prohibitions and prosecutions of premises and the day-to-day management of fire safety inspections.
In October 2006, Darren left the Fire Service to manage and develop Total Fire Services full time.
In addition to this, Darren also acts as the Fire Safety Forum Expert on the Landlord Zone website.
What they say
"Due to internal resource issues we at Chessington World Of Adventures were struggling to meet our commitments of having "suitable and sufficient" fire risk assessment for all of our buildings and Rides on site. Meeting the challenge of maintaining our continued commitment to having "suitable and sufficient" fire risk assessments in place for all of our buildings and Rides on site required us to search for a competent third party supplier who could deliver our needs at a reasonable cost"
Kevin Bainbridge, Head of Safety & Technical Services[mc4wp_form]