Departments and Functions

For an overview of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service structure, see the organisational chart by opening the link below:

Organisational structure 2020

Senior Leadership Team

Title Reports to
Stuart Errington, Chief Fire Officer  
Steve Helps, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chief Fire Officer
Sarah Nattrass, Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chief Fire Officer
Tony Hope, Deputy Chief Executive Chief Fire Officer
Steve Wharton, AM Emergency Response      Deputy Chief Fire Officer
Emergency Response; Resilience Planning; Stations; Flexible Duty Officers; Control AM Emergency Response     
Keith Wanley, AM Community Risk Management Deputy Chief Fire Officer
Business Fire Safety; Community Safety; Information Services AM Community Risk Management
Keith Carruthers, AM Assets and Assurance  Assistant Chief Fire Officer
Assets; Assurance; Health & Safety; Business Continuity; Business Support & Improvement  AM Assets & Assurance 
Katherine Metcalfe, Head of People and Organisation Development Assistant Chief Fire Officer
Human Resources; Organisational Development; Training Head of People and Organisation Development
Estates and Facilities Management Deputy Chief Executive
Strategic Finance Deputy Chief Executive
Keith Lazzari, Head of Corporate Resources Deputy Chief Executive
Transactional Finance; Governance; Communications; ICT Head of Corporate Resources