Martin Blunden QFSM

Director of Fire and Rescue

Martin joined Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in January 2019 having previously worked at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue for 4 years, first as Assistant Chief Officer in 2015 and rising to the position of Deputy Chief Officer in 2017.

He is experienced at delivering change programmes and restructures to improve organisational performance and deliver efficiencies. Over the last 28 years, he has gained wide ranging experience of the fire & rescue service both as an operational officer, the National Resilience Officer for the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), working for and with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for fire and rescue services in England and Wales where he delivered key elements of the National Resilience Programme, and working for the Home Office where he was the national lead for the fire and rescue service on the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme.

Martin is recognised as an accomplished and visible leader who builds strong foundations and relationships, bringing new ideas and forming strong sustainable bonds with other emergency services and this has been demonstrated in his contribution to some of the key UK pan-regional incidents. A lot of his work leading national teams has also received recognition. This includes two Deputy Prime Minister’s awards for ‘Excellence in Delivery’ with regards to high volume pumps, and he led a team who were praised for their work in delivering an Enhanced Logistics Capability function for major incidents, a collaboration between the DCLG and the FRS on behalf of CFOA. His team were also awarded the Higgins and Langley International Award for their contribution to water rescue. This is an internationally acknowledged award which recognises innovation and specialised lifesaving techniques employed in swift-water and flood rescue.

Martin was awarded the Queens Fire Service Medal in January this year.

Martin joined the 999 Cenotaph Board in March 2021 and works with Wayne Brown to strengthen the charity’s links to the fire sector.