Instructor's Summary

Mr. Paul Simkin


Mr. Paul Simkin is a Senior Fire & Safety Consultant with over 35 years of extensive experience within the Petroleum, Oil, Gas, Petrochemical, Marine and Power Industries. His broad expertise includes fire fighting & rescue operations, fire prevention & safety, emergency response management, emergency planning, offshore safety & offshore rescue, and hazardous materials management.  At present, he is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FireDirect and is an International Consultant for fire rescue, fire safety and HSE in Europe, the Caribbeans and the Middle East.

For the first 30 years of his long career, Mr. Simkin was in charge of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority, one of the busiest authorities in the UK.  He was the Chief Fire & Rescue Officer with responsibility for 7 fire stations and 250 officers and firefighters.  In addition to his management and operational responsibilities, Mr. Simkin was also the Commandant of the Fire Training Centre, where he trained over 1,600 firefighters. After that, Mr. Simkin was seconded to the UK Home Office (UKHO) and assigned as the Manager of the UK Fire Service College where he became a National Expert in Hazardous Materials.  After 4 years, Mr. Simkin was seconded to Oman Safety Engineering College where he was in charge of the Industrial Fire Department for 2 years.  Mr. Simkin then moved to Saudi Aramco where he was in charge of training of more than 1,500 firefighters and rescue officers for the Offshore and Onshore Oil/Gas fields, processing plants and refineries.  Recently, he resigned from ARAMCO and established his own company FireDirect.

Mr. Simkin has a Bachelors Degree in Firefighting & Rescue from the Institute of Fire Engineers (UK).  Further, he is certified by the UK Statutory Fire Brigades.  He is also certified as a Firefighting and Rescue Trainer and a Driver Examiner.