Paul joined Strathclyde Fire Brigade in 1986 working at all levels within the Service, over 15 years of which at a Senior level overseeing the implementation of policies including Business Continuity Plans, IT Integration Projects, Integrated Risk Management Plans and the introduction of specialist responder capabilities.
A competent and experienced Incident Commander, Paul has attended many incidents of note at both Tactical and strategic levels. As one of the nominated commanders for the successful Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, he was also one of the nominated Baton Carriers. Paul was awarded the UK's "Queens Fire Service Medal" in 2016.In 2012 Paul gained an MBA from Caledonian University after a period of study which focused on change within a modern Fire and Rescue Service.
In the role Deputy Assistant Chief Officer for the West of Scotland within the newly formed Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Paul was also responsible for an extremely diverse risk area which included major urban areas such as the City of Glasgow as well as remote and rural locations, including the many inhabited islands off of the West Coast of Scotland. This gave him responsibility for liaising with 13 Local Authorities as well as overseeing 3,500 staff of all duty groups working out of 149 operational fire stations. During this time he was able to utilize his knowledge and experience in forming and leading teams and how to communicate with staff over a diverse operational area.