Brian Allaway

In 1969, at the age of sixteen, Brian Allaway joined the Belfast Fire Brigade. In 1994 he transferred to Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade and was based in Edinburgh. Further promotions saw him appointed as the last Firemaster of Edinburgh in 2002.


Having joined the fire service with little in the way of formal qualifications Brian passed the fire service promotion exams and continued with part time study throughout his career, gaining a BA from the Open University, an MSSc from the Queen’s University of Belfast and a PhD from The University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and holds the Queen’s Fire Service Medal.

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