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 2021

Senior Leadership Team


Responsible for

Reports to

Stuart Errington, Chief Fire Officer


Combined Fire Authority

Steve Helps, Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Emergency Response; Community Risk Management and CDDFRS

Chief Fire Officer

Sarah Nattrass, Assistant Chief Fire Officer

Assets and Assurance;

People and Organisational Development and CDDFRS

Chief Fire Officer

Tony Hope, Deputy Chief Executive and Treasurer

Strategic Finance and CDDFRS

Chief Fire Officer

Steve Wharton, Area Manager Emergency Response

Emergency Response; Resilience Planning; Stations;

Flexible Duty Officers; Control

Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Keith Wanley, Area Manager Community Risk Management

Business Fire Safety; Community Safety; Information Services

Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Keith Lazzari, Head of Corporate Resources

Transactional Finance; Governance; Communications; ICT;

Estates and Facilities Management;

Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme

Deputy Chief Executive

Keith Carruthers, Area Manager Assets and Assurance

Assets; Assurance; Health & Safety; Business Continuity;

Business Support & Improvement

Assistant Chief Fire Officer

Katherine Metcalfe, Head of People and Organisation Development  

Human Resources; Organisational Development; Training

Assistant Chief Fire Officer