About Parr Fire

Commercial fire safety systems, maintenance and training delivered with the same care, attention to detail and quality as we expect in our own homes and business premises.

North West fire safety experts

Parr Fire started life back in 2006 as a business partnership carrying out fire risk assessments for properties. Our business was borne out of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005, which put the onus on the business to carry out risk assessments on commercial premises. It meant employers, building owners and occupiers needed to understand fire safety and nominate a ‘responsible person’ to oversee fire safety activity and ensure compliance with the legislation.

We began carrying out fire risk assessments for local businesses across Bolton and noticed that organisations were charging unfairly for fire safety services. So we set out to provide our own suite of high quality services at fair and affordable prices.

Parr Fire became a family affair when our founder’s wife, daughter and son-in-law joined the business. As demand for our services grew, we extended our team qualifications to include fire alarm system design, servicing and installation, fire extinguisher installation and maintenance, fire safety training and health and safety signage.  We partner with carefully selected suppliers that share our stringent safety and quality standards to deliver a wide range of fire safety products and services.

Our UK client base currently tops 3,500. It includes high-rise buildings and apartments, student accommodation, HMOs, stadiums, industrial and manufacturing sites, offices, retail and leisure premises. That’s a lot of clients who trust our expertise to keep them, their staff, customers and businesses safe and compliant with commercial fire safety legal obligations. It’s an achievement we’re extremely proud of.

We operate a team of 11 from our offices in Bolton, Lancashire. Our five engineers are all trained to quality and safety standards and hold industry-recognised qualifications. Meet our team below.

Our Values

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Safety First

Your safety is our primary objective. We adhere to the highest standards, testing and checking every little detail. Our engineers won’t leave your premises until they are satisfied that all equipment is safe, correct and meets the required safety standards.

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Care

We care about our clients, their people and their customers, and value their feedback. We promise fair quotes, a choice of services, and to complete every job to the best of our ability. Our polite engineers and assessors turn up on time, every time.

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Quality

Like our safety standards, our quality standards are first-class. We demand attention to detail and never cut corners. ISO9001 accredited, we finish jobs to meet the same quality standards we would expect to find in our own homes and premises.

Meet the team

Ian Blackledge
Managing Director

Ian Blackledge

Catherine Blackledge
Director

Catherine Blackledge

Ainslee Jackson
Accounts Manager

Ainslee Jackson

Beverly Atkinson
Accounts Assistant

Beverly Atkinson

Dale Jackson
Senior Fire Alarm Technician

Dale Jackson

John Jacob
Fire Extinguisher Account Manager

John Jacob

Andrew Tomlinson
Fire Alarm Engineer

Andrew Tomlinson

Neville McGuinness
Fire Extinguisher Technician

Neville McGuinness

Thomas Jackson
Fire Extinguisher Technician

Thomas Jackson

Dominic Taylor
Trainee Fire Alarm Engineer

Dominic Taylor

Managing Director

Ian Blackledge

Ian oversees day-to-day business operations and guides our team to be efficient and successful. Ian is a trained Fire Extinguisher Technician, holds Units 1 and 2 in Fire Detection Servicing and Maintenance, and is a qualified Fire System Designer.

Before he set up Parr Fire, Ian was a warehouse manager for a manufacturing company, where he gained plenty of experience with safety regulations. Ian is married with three daughters and two cats. He’s a loyal Bolton Wanderers supporter and a member of a racehorse syndicate with two sprint horses.

Director

Catherine Blackledge

Cath is one of our Directors and responsible for the day-to-day running and management of our Bolton office. She also oversees the safety workwear side of the business.

A former hairdresser and beauty therapist, Cath has worked in customer service roles and knows all about delivering excellence and quality. She has also volunteered for a children’s cancer charity close to her heart.

Cath is a real animal lover and has two bald cats at home. She loves walks in the countryside and getting lost in a good TV drama.

Accounts Manager

Ainslee Jackson

Ainslee oversees our Accounts function and is responsible for maintaining accurate financial records, managing accounts payable and receivable, and creating, processing and reconciling invoices.

Ainslee joined us straight from college where he gained 4 A-Levels and a Business BTEC qualification. Outside of work, she likes to keep active and her hobbies include travelling, working out at the gym and walking the dog.

Accounts Assistant

Beverly Atkinson

Beverly’s accounts administration role covers raising invoices and credit control. If you owe us money it’ll be her who calls! She’s also responsible for maintaining up-to-date and accurate fire extinguisher records.

Beverly has a background in accounts with 35 years’ experience in various accounting roles. Her hobbies include gardening, walking her dogs and nights out with family and friends.

Senior Fire Alarm Technician

Dale Jackson

Dale has been installing and commissioning fire alarm systems for over eight years. He’s BAFE certified and qualified in the design of fire alarm systems.

Before joining Parr Fire, Dale worked as a full-time tennis coach and still enjoys playing in his spare time.

Outside of work he enjoys eating out, spending quality time with family and friends and walking his dog.

Fire Extinguisher Account Manager

John Jacob

John supervises the fire extinguisher side of the business. His role involves booking in jobs, writing quotes, surveying premises, maintaining stock levels and business development.

A fire extinguisher engineer for 25 years, John was the first in the country to pass the BAFE qualification back in 2000. He has also worked as a plasterer’s labourer, a roofer, a warehouse operative and a service manager for a home care company.

John is a lifelong Manchester City fan and enjoys working for the club as a Steward Supervisor. He is married with four children and a pet Puggle named Stan.

Fire Alarm Engineer

Andrew Tomlinson

Andrew is a qualified 18th edition electrician with over 28 years’ experience. He’s responsible for the day-to-day testing and maintenance of clients’ fire alarm systems, emergency lighting and power.

Andrew began his career working in the family business on domestic and small commercial jobs, progressing to larger commercial and industrial properties. He’s also looked after the maintenance of several high-profile charity shops.

Andrew is a keen walker and loves the outdoors. When he’s not out in the fresh air, he spends time with his two daughters and tinkers with tech and computers.

Fire Extinguisher Technician

Neville McGuinness

Retired fireman Neville can teach us a few things about fire safety. After 30 years in the fire service, he joined us as a Fire Extinguisher Technician and is also training as a Fire Alarm Apprentice. Neville loves his role at Parr Fire and says he is living the dream!

Neville is happily married with three grown up kids and several grandchildren (he’s lost count!) and two dogs with very different temperaments. His hobbies include cycling, walking, running and going to the gym. Neville’s claim to fame is he once enjoyed drinks at Prince Charles’ expense.

Fire Extinguisher Technician

Thomas Jackson

Tom joined us in 2021 as one of our FIA qualified Fire Extinguisher Technicians. He’s responsible for the installation and servicing of fire extinguishers in customer premises.

Before working at Parr Fire, Tom was a Sales Executive at a furniture retailer and brings his top-notch customer service skills to his new role.

Outside of work, Tom is a loyal Bolton Wanderers fan and season ticket holder. He spends most weekends watching football, playing video games, and going out with friends.

Trainee Fire Alarm Engineer

Dominic Taylor

Dominic studied at Bury College before joining Parr Fire as a Trainee Fire Alarm Technician in 2021.

He holds a Level 3 BTEC in Engineering and a HNC in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Dominic is loving learning the ropes with us and gaining valuable on-the-job experience whilst out and about with the team.

In his free time, Dominic enjoys playing a round of golf and going for long walks with his dog.

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