George H Almond Esq. CBE, OStJ, DL, MSc, FIFireE (Life), Chartered FCIPD

George was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire in 1944 and was educated at Portsmouth High School. He joined the Hampshire Fire Service in 1962 before moving to Cheshire in 1970. In 1982 he moved to Greater Manchester Fire Service as Assistant County Fire Officer and was promoted  to Deputy County Fire Officer in 1990. He was promoted to County Fire Officer and Chief Executive in 1995 and retired in 2002 after 40 years service.

George has also served as the International President of the Institution of Fire Engineers; Chairman of the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund; Chairman of the Regional Chief Fire Officers Association and as an advisor to the Home Secretary. He has also been a Member of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters, President of the Rotary Club of Manchester and is a Freeman of the City of London.

In recognition of his contribution to the Fire Service and to the Community, George has been awarded Honorary Degrees by the Universities of Salford and Bolton.  He received the Queen's Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and the Queen's Jubilee Medal and was made a Serving Brother of the Order of St John of Jerusalem and subsequently an Officer Brother.

Her Majesty The Queen honoured George as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1992 and as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000.

Since his retirement, George works as a Fire Consultant, an Independent Member of the Police Complaints Panel, Vice Chairman of the Emmaus North West Partnership, Vice Chairman Emmaus (Bolton), and was the Commander, St John Ambulance, Greater Manchester until 2007.

His publications include Accidents Injuries and Illnesses to Firemen; Elementary Fire Engineering Handbook and was a contributor to The Fire Service Drill Book.

George was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 1999 and High Sheriff of Greater Manchester in 2012