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Our Staff

​Around 900 people work for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, in a range of exciting, challenging and rewarding roles.

Most of our staff are wholetime and retained firefighters who respond to a variety of emergency incidents, such as fires, floods and road traffic collisions, and carry out regular home safety checks as well as much more.

However, we also employ staff in a number of other roles who are paramount in keeping the organisation's wheels turning – these include Fire Control operators, who receive and manage 999 calls, Fire Protection Officers who are responsible for Fire Safety legislation, community safety and education experts, and a team of support staff that covers administration, performance monitoring , training, vehicle maintenance, equipment development, property management, mapping, ICT, human resources, corporate communications and finance.

All of our staff are passionate about serving our communities and, ultimately, helping to create a safer Nottinghamshire. If you're interested in joining our team, please look at our Careers page.

Managing the Service.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is managed day-to-day by the Chief Fire Officer, John Buckley, on behalf of the Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire Authority. He is supported by a Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Wayne Bowcock, and an Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Craig Parkin, who assist him in delivering the Service's visionJohn, Wayne and Craig are all then supported by a number of other senior managers who form the Service's Strategic Leadership Team and the Executive Delivery Team.

Meet the Chief Fire Officer team.


John Buckley, Chief Fire Officer

John began his fireJohn Buckley and rescue service career in Derbyshire in 1994 as part of the Retained section, before becoming a wholetime firefighter with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1996. Since then his roles have included Leading Firefighter in Newark, Trainer at the Service Development Centre in Ollerton and District Performance Manager for Rushcliffe.

John has also undertaken roles at Service Headquarters and, as an Area Manager in 2006, he managed the Service's Shift Change project. He was appointed Deputy Chief Fire Officer in May 2012 and became Chief Fire Officer on April 1, 2014, following the retirement of former CFO, Frank Swann.


Wayne Bowcock, Deputy Chief Fire OfficerWayne Bowcock.jpg

Wayne began his career as a firefighter in Staffordshire in 1992, working initially in Stoke-on-Trent, but also spending time at other stations and Service Headquarters where he developed the Service's Integrated Risk Management Plan. Following that, he spent a year working from Stoke City Council as a strategic coordinator across the fire, police, health and local authority partnership to improve joint achievements for the community.

Wayne became Area Commander for Stoke-on-Trent and was responsible for all aspects of service delivery and, after the amalgamation of three areas, became Area Commander responsible for North Staffordshire. In March 2012, Wayne moved to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, before joining Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2014.


Craig Parkin, Assistant Chief Fire Officer

Craig began his career wCraig Parkin.jpgith the fire and rescue service in Nottinghamshire in 1995 and served at Dunkirk, Central, Stockhill and West Bridgford and spent some time at the NFRS Service Development Centre.

As a Group Manager, Craig spent some periods working at NFRS headquarters as well as taking charge of frontline firefighting operations for the south of the county.

Craig was made Area Manager for the Fire Cover Review – a ground-breaking comprehensive review of how fire and rescue services are provided to Nottinghamshire based on the risks residents face. More recently, Craig has been Area Manager responsible for corporate services and was made temporary Assistant Chief Fire Officer in December 2013. He has since become a permanent ACFO for NFRS.

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