Paul Murphy is the Area Manager for Operational Preparedness at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
He joined MFRS in January 1995 and has served at a number of community fire stations.
In 2007, Paul was promoted to Station Manager. He has served in a number of departments such as Operational Planning, Operational Performance, Operational Equipment, New Dimensions, Liverpool stations and Prevention & Protection.
From October 2011, Paul served as a Group Manager leading the Wirral district for four years before changing role to become the organisation's health and safety manager.
In January 2017, Paul was promoted to Area Manager for Strategic Change & Resources and was directly responsible for Estates, ICT, PFI and Blue Light Collaboration ensuring that the Authority was prepared to deliver against its aims and objectives. He delivered on strategic projects designed to bring about the change required to allow the Service to adapt to the ever-changing demands placed upon it.
Since June 2018, Paul has been Area Manager for Operational Preparedness, responsible for a number of departments that provide operational firefighters and senior officers with training, information, procedures and equipment to ensure they can safely and effectively resolve all emergency incidents. Paul's directorate is also responsible for assessing all foreseeable fire and rescue related risks that could affect our communities, whether they are local, cross-border, multi-authority and/or national in nature. This includes everything from fires to terrorist attacks.
Paul also oversees arrangements that are put in place to prevent and mitigate risks identified on the Community Risk Register. This is done through adjusting existing provision, effective collaboration and partnership working, whilst ensuring business continuity arrangements are in place in accordance with the Service's duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.