Brian Allaway is a retired firefighter. In 1969, at the age of 16, Brian joined the Belfast Fire Brigade and served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. In 1994, he transferred to Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade in Edinburgh and was promoted to Firemaster in 2002, the last to hold that title. He has a BA from the Open University, an MSSc from the Queen’s University of Belfast and a PhD from The University of Edinburgh. His first book, Culture, Identity and Change in the Fire and Rescue Service, was published in 2011 by the Institute of Fire Engineers. A Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and recipient of the Queen’s Fire Service Medal, Brian lives in Edinburgh.