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Surety Fire Solutions are a company of Fire Consultants specialising in the Care Sector with significant experience in particular, in Fire Safety for Care Homes, with national coverage and capacity. Surety Fire Solutions were established in 2014, are a NASHICS member and are registered with the Institution of Fire Engineers competency framework for Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment.


Surety Fire Solutions conduct over 500 Fire Risk Assessments per annum, along with fire strategies, fire safety compliance and expert witness reports.

Director – Richard Stott BEng(Hons) FIFireE

Richard is one of the UK’s leading Fire Safety Experts with over 30 years experience with the Fire and Rescue Service. From 2006 he held the role of Head of Fire Safety Policy and Procedures for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service until retiring in December 2014. He has attended more than 2,500 incidents, at many of which he was the Incident Commander, and has investigated over 500 incidents. In 1998 he moved from operations into Fire Safety where as Fire Safety Inspecting Officer he formally inspected around 500 premises, developing his understanding and expertise on the ground.

Richard graduated with a first class honours in Fire Engineering, and has also headed up Lancashire’s operational response policy department, covering operational procedures, business continuity and emergency planning. Richard sat for several years on the Chief Fire Officers Association National Fire Safety Group and developed the National Enforcement Register for the Chief Fire Officers Association.

Richard has overseen the prosecution of many Fire Safety offences since the introduction of the Fire Safety (Regulatory Reform) Order 2005. He is a fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and is NEBOSH qualified. With his vast amount of top level, relevant and up to date experience it is easy to see the expertise and insight that Richard offers.

Director – Warren Hessey MEng (Hons) FIFireE

Warren had over 30 years experience in the Fire and Rescue Service where he had operational response management duties and a complex fire safety management role. He finished his Fire and Rescue Service career as Fire Safety Manager where he managed fire safety enforcement teams around the West of Lancashire, including Blackpool with specialist risks such as Blackpool Tower, the Winter Gardens, Opera House and many large hotels, restaurants and public attractions. Through his role as a Responsible Individual for a number of Hospitals and supported independent living accommodations, Warren has particular experience in the field of care. For many years he held the post of Policy and Procedures Officer, where he led the development of procedures to introduce the Fire Safety (Regulatory Reform) Order 2005 into the North West Fire and Rescue Services. He also sat at National level on the Enforcement Policy group of the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) where he helped introduce national procedures for the new fire safety legislation and developed the training package which was used to train many of the officers in the country. With his legal qualifications he has case managed the prosecution of many Fire Safety cases, he has trained to nationally agreed levels in Fire Safety Enforcement at the Fire Services College, and is also NEBOSH qualified.

Director – James Fowler BEng(Hons) FIFireE

James joined Surety after 33 years’ experience in the Fire and Rescue Service where he combined operational command and control, planning and performance with a complex fire safety management role. James’ valuable experience will be used to oversee the formal audit procedures and further develop quality assurance. His specific experience in the field of knowledge management and data analysis will be used to improve the products Surety can offer businesses to enhance the ways Fire Safety is managed. He will also head up Research and Development looking at ways to continuously improve the management of Fire Safety. His training qualifications and experience will be put to good use developing additional important learning and development opportunities for clients to improve the skills and knowledge of Fire Safety and Evacuation procedures.

Admin Team:
Helen – Finance
Vicky – Logistics
Julie – Audit and Admin

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Associate Consultants:
All our consultants are former Local Authority Fire Inspectors trained to National Inspecting Officer standards:

Steve Docherty, Paul Dorrington, Mick Dears, Paul Briggs, Mark Coupar,  Steve Roberts, Mark Cairns,  Gary West, Robert Saddington