About us

The Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser (CFRA) is employed by the Home Office and provides strategic advice and guidance to ministers, civil servants, fire and rescue authorities in England and other partners (including the devolved administrations, the police and Health and Safety Executive), on the structure, organisation and performance of fire and rescue authorities.


The work of the the Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser includes:

  • commissioning operational guidance
  • co-ordinating national assets during significant incidents and national emergencies and advising government accordingly
  • enforcing fire safety in Crown Premises on a risk assessed basis
  • advising the Secretary of State on determinations under Article 36 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • providing a broader professional challenge and assurance on specific policy areas where necessary

Who we are

Peter Holland CBE, former Chief Fire Officer of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Authority, was appointed Chief Fire and Rescue Advisor on 28 January 2013.

He succeeded Sir Ken Knight who was appointed the first Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser in October 2007.