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Strategic Leadership Team

The Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) at Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service helps set the organisation's strategy and monitors the performance of the organisation. The team meets formally on a regular basis to discuss strategic internal issues as well as the impact that national issues have at a local level.

The SLT consists of the Principal Officers, which comprises the Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Area Managers.

Principal Officers


Terry McDermott

Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive

Terry McDermott joined Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service as Deputy Chief Fire Officer in April 2014. In September 2015 he was promoted to his current role as Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive.

Terry’s career commenced in Greater Manchester where he served in a variety of roles including Operations, Fire Protection, Hazmats and Station Command.

In 2008 he joined Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service on promotion to Group Manager before his promotion to Area Manager, Head of Service Delivery responsible for operational response, station standards and performance management.

Terry is the current Chair of The National Fire Sprinkler Network which comprises of representatives from every Fire & Rescue Service operating within the United Kingdom and its members are actively committed to effectively working with both internal and external key influencers to introduce standards and legislation that will safeguard people and the community from the threat of fire.

In addition Terry is an active member of the National Fire Chief Councils where he is the lead officer for Automatic Water Suppression Systems and also takes the lead for the NFCC in respect of work to support the On Call sector across the UK.

Gavin Tomlinson

Gavin Tomlinson

Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Gavin Tomlinson commenced his career with Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service in 1993 as a Recruit Firefighter.

Over the last 20 years Gavin has served in many areas including operational station command, fire safety, learning and development and prevention.

In 2010 he was promoted to Area Manager responsible for Community Safety and the Tri Service Control project. As Deputy Chief Fire Officer he now oversees the activities of the portfolios within the Service.

Strategic Leadership Team Organisation Chart

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