Passion. Experience. Diligence.


Gary Bennett formed Braidwood Fire Ltd upon completion of his MSc in Fire & Explosion Engineering at the University of Leeds while working with Fife Fire & Rescue Service. Gary wanted to create a fire engineering and fire safety company which was defined by the people who were working within it, their values, ideals and imagination. Integrity and creativity are character traits encourage to flow through the essence of Braidwood Fire and this is done by carefully selecting staff.

The Edinburgh based fire engineering company was built on reputation and relationship with clients who came to Braidwood in 2004 still working with us due to the quality of service which can sometimes only be found in smaller fire engineering companies.

We continue to seek ways to improve and develop our staff, our services and our environment. As the chosen name of Braidwood suggests, we are constantly seeking new opportunities to understand, shape and progress the way in which we live through analysis, research and experience while using solid fire engineering principals  as stepping stones to a better future.


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We at Braidwood Fire know that finding the fire engineer to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

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Meet the team.



Gary Bennett

From starting his career as a Planning Engineer in the construction industry, Gary started his fire safety career with Fife Fire & Rescue Service where he gained his MSc in Fire Engineering and became a Graduate with the Institute of Fire Engineers.

Gary started Braidwood Fire Ltd in 2004 then left the fire service in 2006 once the business had become established. Gary continues to be involved with the operational side of the fire service as founder and chair of the Scottish Emergency Rescue Association which equips and trains firefighters in countries such as Serbia, Moldova, Romania and the Ukraine. SERA have delivered over 55 fire engines and appliances all of which are still operational to date saving thousands of lives.



University of Leeds
MSc Fire & Explosion Engineering, 2005


Activities & Affiliations

• Chair Scottish Emergency Rescue Association
• Fireaid member




Fire engineer

Mark McCormack

Mark has worked in various industries including defence, fire service and oil & gas.

Mark worked for 16 years in the fire service working his way up to middle management whilst working in operations, training and fire safety. He has studied health & safety, management and Fire Engineering and is also a Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers and a Graduate member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health.




Glasgow Caledonian University
Fire Risk Engineering


Activities & Affiliations

• MIFireE
• Grad IOSH




client support

Hannah Chalmers

After being educated in Muscat, Oman Hannah returned to Scotland where she took up an event management / fundraising role within a special needs charity.

Hannah then relocated to Canada where she gained experience in the customer service field both within the charitable and commercial sector.

Since returning home to Scotland, Hannah has worked in several customer facing roles, most recently as a Client Care Manager within the Fire Safety Sector.