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West Midlands Fire Service Chief Fire Officer Wayne Brown found dead in his home

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is in mourning today as the news of the untimely passing of their Chief Fire Officer, Wayne Brown, sends shockwaves throughout the fire service community. Mr. Brown was found deceased at his home on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

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This tragic loss follows recent investigations into Mr. Brown’s qualifications, which were alleged not to match the requirements for the Chief Fire Officer role. The inquiries were ongoing, and Mr. Brown had been approached for comment regarding these allegations.

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West Midlands Police have confirmed that they are not treating Mr. Brown’s death as suspicious.

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In a heartfelt statement released by Greg Brackenridge, Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, the organization expressed its profound grief: “We are devastated to report that our Chief Fire Officer, Wayne Brown, was found dead at his home address. The death is not being treated as suspicious by West Midlands Police. All our thoughts and love are with his family, his friends, and his colleagues. We ask everyone that his family and his colleagues are given time and space at this tragic time.”

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Wayne Brown’s passing leaves a significant void in the firefighting community and raises questions about the future leadership of the West Midlands Fire Service. His dedicated service and commitment to public safety will be remembered by those who worked closely with him.

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The West Midlands Fire Service extends its deepest condolences to Wayne Brown’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult and trying time.

Tributes have been issued by the London Fire Bridge: “I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Wayne Brown. Wayne was a valued and respected colleague in the Brigade for over 20 years before joining West Midlands FRS. Our thoughts go out to Wayne’s family and friends at this difficult time.” Andy Roe, London Fire Commissioner

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