Stewart joined Central Region Fire Brigade in 1982, transferring to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service in 1987 in the rank of Leading Firefighter. He gained promotion through the ranks serving in a number of different departments including Training, Health and Safety and Technical. He also gained a great deal of managerial experience by commanding various watches and fire stations.
In 1995 Stewart was heavily involved in the development of the realistic fire development training system now firmly established at Wethersfield.
During the past ten years Stewart’s experiences have been wide and varied including working on secondment for eighteen months for the Government within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
He was previously Assistant Chief Fire Officer with responsibility for Civil Contingencies. As the inaugural post holder he developed a strategy to deliver against the statutory requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. Stewart has been heavily involved in Essex- participation in regional development, including FireControl. Stewart retains responsibility for ECFRS' participation in the government-led FireLink and FireControl projects.
Stewart is currently studying towards a LLB Honours Degree in Law.