Peter Dartford joined Hertfordshire Fire Brigade in 1982 as a Firefighter and served at a number of stations.
In 2003 he completed the Brigade Command Course at the Fire Service College and was awarded a Masters Degree in Management by Coventry University.
Peter was appointed Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in April 2008.
In 2009 Peter was appointed as a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and in September 2014 he became President of the Chief Fire Officers’ Association until September 2015. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University for his work in relation to the impact of ageing and dementia on vulnerability and for his leading role in the transformation of the fire and rescue service.
Peter was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the New Year Honours 2014.
Peter retired from the Fire and Rescue Service in April 2016 and joined the Board of the North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group as Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement. He has also become a Non-Executive Director with software company 3tc and undertakes voluntary work with the Board of North Staffordshire YMCA.