One of Greater Manchester’s top brass has been suspended from his post for £ 130,000 a year


One of Greater Manchester’s top firefighters has been suspended.

County firefighter assistant Dave Keelan, who earns £ 130,000 a year, has been sent home by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services while an investigation is ongoing.

His suspension on November 22 follows an “internal complaint”.

Based at Fire Services HQ in Pendlebury, Mr. Keelan was until recently responsible for operations. This includes responsibility for fire trucks, kit, and operational policy and procedures, including service plans for dealing with a terrorist attack, and multi-agency work on the incident.

His position is now called Technical Support Director but has broadly the same responsibilities.



Dave Keelan, Deputy County Fire Officer GMFRS, testifying during the Manchester Arena investigation.

A spokesperson for the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has suspended a senior member of staff following an internal complaint.

“A full investigation is currently underway – it would not be appropriate to release further details at this time.”

An initial investigation will determine whether Mr. Keelan has a case to answer. If sufficient evidence is found, he will proceed to a disciplinary hearing.

Due to Mr. Keelan’s seniority, it is expected to be chaired by either Fire Chief David Russel or his newly appointed deputy Ben Norman. Or senior officers from another fire department could take on the investigation.

At his home in south Manchester, Mr Keelan, when asked if he would like to comment on his suspension, said: “Not at the moment”.

The news of the suspension comes after a new report concluded last week that Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services were still unprepared to respond effectively to a terrorist attack, four years after the bombing the bomb against Arena.

The organization must also do more to protect the public, according to government inspectors.

But the fire chief and the county’s deputy mayor retaliated by insisting the service had the capacity to respond to a terrorist attack.

Mr. Keelan, according to the service’s website, has overall responsibility for operational activity and is responsible for operational policy and training, operational support, resilience and contingency planning and assurance and operational performance.

Since joining GMFRS he has worked as Chief of Prevention, Chief of Operational Training, as District Director and led a team investigating the tragic death of firefighter Stephen Hunt during an incident. operational at Oldham Street Manchester in July 2013.

He represents the GMFRS at the Greater Manchester Resilience Forum, is the Chairman of the North West Operations Resilience Committee of the National Council of Fire Chiefs (NFCC) and represents the North West on the National Fire Chiefs Coordination Committee. NFCC.



Deputy County Fire Officer Dave Keelan, who was suspended by GMFRS.

In July of this year he was the senior GMFRS firefighter officer who testified at the Manchester arena investigation and apologized for the firefighters’ “dismal and unacceptable response” to the blast bomb at night.

He spoke to bereaved families and all those who have been injured and continue to be affected by the atrocities from the witness stand.

Firefighters, he said with emotion, let the public down.

“Personally, and on behalf of the GMFRS, I apologize for our dismal and unacceptable response to this incident,” Keelan said.

“We let you down when you needed us most.”

Mr Keelan spoke about the structure – and stated purposes – of the Greater Manchester Fire Department.

One was to “save, protect and improve the lives of the people of Greater Manchester”, according to the survey.

Mr Keelan agreed that the firefighters “absolutely failed” to achieve this goal on the night of May 22, 2017.

But he then detailed a series of changes implemented by the GMFRS after the atrocity – claiming that a single “tri-service” control room – for the police, firefighters and ambulance service – instead of the current North West Fire Control at Warrington would be the ‘gold standard’ for Greater Manchester in the future.


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