Charlie Pugsley appointed Deputy Commissioner of London Fire Brigade

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Charlie Pugsley’s extensive experience in fire safety leadership

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has announced the appointment of Charlie Pugsley as the new Deputy Commissioner, following the retirement of Dom Ellis.

Ellis left the brigade after a commendable 35 years of service.

Pugsley brings to the role a remarkable 28 years of experience within the LFB, covering a range of leadership positions, most notably as an Assistant Commissioner for Prevention and Protection.

Charlie Pugsley’s journey in the London Fire Brigade

Before his appointment in 2022, Pugsley held the position of Deputy Assistant Commissioner in Fire Safety for five years.

His career at the brigade’s headquarters was preceded by significant roles, including leading the Fire Investigation team at Dowgate fire station and being involved in major fire investigations, such as the Grenfell Tower fire, from 2004 to 2017.

Pugsley’s commitment to fire safety and community support

Charlie Pugsley expressed his dedication to the brigade’s mission, highlighting the consistent professionalism, teamwork, and courage displayed by firefighters and officers.

“Fire Investigation has taught me so much, not just about how fires start or spread, but especially about how fires seriously impact people’s lives,” Pugsley said.

His experience in fire investigation and direct engagement with fire victims and their communities has reinforced his commitment to equitable service provision.

National contributions and future aspirations

In addition to his role in the LFB, Pugsley serves as the National Fire Chiefs Council’s lead officer for Electrical Safety and Fire Investigation.

He has played a pivotal role in significant safety campaigns, including the #ChargeSafe campaign aimed at addressing lithium battery safety.

Looking forward, Pugsley expressed his enthusiasm about leading the brigade through upcoming challenges and successes, emphasizing the importance of community safety.

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