5th Annual
Fire Safety Technology Forum UAE
- Civil Defence and the disaster reduction within sustainable development -
2nd March 2015, Jumeirah At Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi – UAE

Speaker's Profile

David Etheridge OBE
Vice President Elect | Chief Fire Officers Association & Chief Fire Officer | Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service


Short Profile: 

David first joined Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service as an On-Call (Retained) Firefighter in 1985.  Having transferred into the full-time service in 1987, he undertook a wide variety of specialist and managerial roles before being appointed as the county’s Chief Fire Officer in June 2010.

As a corporate member of Oxfordshire County Council’s Management Team, David also has broader responsibility for countywide Emergency Planning, Business Continuity, Trading Standards and Community Safety.  Additionally, in 2011, he became responsible for the Road Safety Team of Oxfordshire County Council through their integration with the Fire and Rescue Service.

David was previously the Chairman of the Chief Fire Officers Association’s (CFOA) Road Safety Executive Board in his role as the Association’s national lead for Road Safety from January 2012 to January 2015.  During this time, inspired by his vision that fire and rescue services throughout the UK could replicate the same success they have achieved over the last two decades in halving those killed and injured in fires, he positioned CFOA with other stakeholders to ensure that the respected standing of the Fire and Rescue Service nationally could be harnessed to mirror this success and help to reduce those killed and seriously injured on the UK’s roads. 

In September 2014, David was elected to the CFOA Presidential Team as Vice President Elect.  He will serve in this position for a year before becoming Vice President and then CFOA President from September 2016 to September 2017.  In these roles, David is committed to positively contributing to the future development and broadening of the UK fire and rescue service’s role in respect to both community protection and resilience.

Most recently, David was recognised by the Queen in her 2015 New Year’s Honours – being awarding an OBE for Services to the Community.  David is a keen and proactive supporter of further Fire and Rescue Service integration within the wider public sector, ensuring the organisational standing and ethos of the Service can be used to positive affect across all walks of society, whilst also ensuring it collaborates successfully with other partners and local communities to achieve the common goal of improving public safety and wellbeing.