William’s fire veteran retires

Published:  20 October, 2010

In March of this year and after a long and distinguished career, Kelvin Hardingham, European Manager and Lead Fire Fighter of Williams Fire & Hazard Control (WF&HC), decided to hang up his boots. 

Prior to his present position Kelvin Hardingham was a Senior Officer serving 30+ years with the Essex Fire & Rescue Service, included in this Kelvin spent time instructing at the operational & management training faculty of UK Fire Service College.

During his last 10 years service, Kelvin was recognised as the UK Fire Service’s Specialist Petro-Chemical Officer assisting and working as an inspector for the HSE at major petro-chemical sites within Essex.

Kelvin was one of the founder members of the JOIFF organisation. Upon leaving the UK Fire Service in 1996 Kelvin joined with Dwight Williams at WF&HC.

Kelvin attended a number of major incidents around the world including the Repsol incident at Puetolano refinery in Spain in August 2003. Kelvin was commissioned by Repsol, to take charge of all fire fighting operations during their multi fatality major incident involving multi tank and multi pressure fires.

Kelvin will be replaced by Ewen Duncan, ex deputy Chief Fire Officer from Das Island Fire & Rescue Service, located in the United Arab Emirates. Ewen, an industrial fire fighter of 22 years, has served at major petrochemical facilities including Grangemouth, Scotland, Teesside England, the largest petrochemical complex in Europe and recently on Das Island which accounts for 40% of the daily revenue for the United Arab Emirates.

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