On Monday 4th of January Havering saw a new Fire Chief join the borough. Paul McClenaghan is the borough’s new London Fire Brigade Commander and as a Romford lad he hopes to ‘give something back’, to his home town.
Paul is a remarkable fire officer who has an incredible history behind him. His last posting was based in Lambeth where he was part of the London Fire Brigade Counter Terrorism Unit, the only unit in London that works alongside Counter Terrorism police and Fire Arms Officers. Here, Paul worked on incidents such as the London Bridge attack, the Westminister terror attack and Finsbury Park attack. Our new Fire Chief certainly has worked some of the toughest jobs out there and faced some really challenges in his career.
Paul has been a serving officer for 22 years and was once the station Commander for Dagenham. But being a Romford boy, he is no stranger to this area and sees this posting as ‘coming home’.
He told the Havering Daily: “Working here is a totally different challenge, it is great to be able to work with everyday people here in the borough. I am a Romford boy through and through. I live in the area and my sons go to school here, so in a way it is like coming home for me.”
Paul is a very well accomplished officer who is also a tactical adviser for the London Fire Brigade that is deployed nationally when needed.
“I joined the job to work with everyday people and I will be doing this here in Havering. I am coming home to do something positive for the community here.”
Welcome to Havering Paul and we look forward to seeing you about in the borough.