Patrick Goulbourne joined the London Fire Brigade (LFB) in 1997 and is the Assistant Commissioner responsible for Operational Resilience, Control and Mobilising and the current Chair of the Equality Support Groups. Previously he served as Borough Commander in Islington and Tower Hamlets, following service at fire stations in northeast and central London.
Operational Resilience deliver the LFB’s response to events (pre-planned or spontaneous), Blue Light Collaboration, Protective Security, National Inter-Agency Liaison Officer (NILO) and are the LFB’s operational lead for London Resilience. This includes the response to terrorism, public order, major and high threat incidents. Control and Mobilising are responsible for all operations for the delivery of LFB emergency call activity.
Patrick is also the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Counter Terrorism National Coordinator. This includes responsibility for the United Kingdom’s NILO cadre, the National NILO Coordination Office and the NILO foundation course. The NILO foundation course delivers acquisition training for all UK emergency service NILOs, fire sector officers in National Counter Terrorism Headquarters (NCTPHQ) and regional lead and Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) embed officers. This role includes directly supporting the NFCC Marauding Terrorist Attacks (MTA) capability, in addition to leading Protective Security Operations and the Prevent duty.
In 2017, AC Goulbourne responded in various command roles to the terrorist attacks at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge, Finsbury Park, Parsons Green, Fishmongers Hall and the fire at Grenfell Tower. More recently in 2022, he was the LFB Strategic/Gold Commander for Operation London Bridge following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and chairs the NFCC Bridges Coordinating group.