Ronnie King is the Vice Chairman of the National Fire Sprinkler Network (NFSN). He works alongside the Chairman and the Executive to bring together the operational Fire & Rescue Service support and networking to influence decision makers at local and national level, using advocates and supporters of sprinklers.
Prior to this, Ronnie served for 20 years as Chief Fire Officer at Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. In total, Ronnie has 41 years’ experience serving in Fire & Rescue Services in West Yorkshire, London, Scotland and HM Fire Service Inspectorate.
Ronnie is also the Honorary Administrative Secretary for the All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety & Rescue Group (APPFSRG). In his role with the APPFRSG, Ronnie is responsible for bringing fire safety and other issues to the attention of the members.
Ronnie was educated at Keighley Boys’ Grammar School in Yorkshire.
“The British economy has lost £1 billion in GDP and 5,000 full-time jobs through preventable fires in commercial warehouses alone over the last five years. This only ‘scratches the surface’ in terms of the cost of fire to the wider business community in England and Wales.
“Insurers quote that large loss fires are at an all-time high, not to mention the disruption to transport links, the release of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, the loss to communities, jobs, education and direct tax receipts. Knock-on effects for each fire include an average of 21 local businesses impacted by such road closures and air and water contamination.
“The credible evidence from research recognised by Government supports the view that it makes financial and economic sense to install sprinklers.”