Celebrating Welsh Start Ups: Dragon Fire and Water Services 


In celebration of Welsh entrepreneurs this week we bring you the power duo from Cardiff, Ryan Godfrey and Andrew Hearne, the founders of Dragon Fire and Water Services.

Having over 30 years of combined experience in the fire service, they established Dragon Fire and Water Services in late 2021, with the aim of utilising their in-depth knowledge of urban and rural fire fighting to change the way services are provided for special effects requiring rain, wet downs and fire cover for TV and film productions.

Using their fleet of water carriers, dams and specialist pumping equipment, Andrew, Ryan and their growing team provide their services at studios and locations when there is a requirement for additional safety or water for special effects. They also provide in-shot services where their crew delivers acting and action sequences in firefighting scenes, or other incidents requiring emergency services assistance.

The duo run Dragon Fire & Water Services from their location on Penarth Road in Cardiff, which is just a short distance from some of Wales’ biggest studios. Till date, Andrew and Ryan have worked on several major projects underway in Wales, including providing support to RealSFX on an upcoming Disney Plus Series, which was filmed in Dragon Studios Bridgend, and numerous other large-scale productions which are still in the pre-release phase.

Andrew and Ryan managed to raise capital to launch their new venture via the British Business Bank Start Up Loans programme. With the right support and advice from Business in Focus, the official delivery partner of the Start Up Loans programme, they received a combined sum of £50,000. This fund allowed them to develop their fleet and equipment supplies, as well as for their working capital.

They have successfully grown their business, creating a niche for themselves in the market, and Andrew and Ryan now work with some of the biggest entertainment names in the world. They have landed major projects ever since they started their company which is a real testament to their vision and work ethic.

We, at Business in Focus, aim to provide support to entrepreneurs to help them achieve their dreams. If you have a dream to create a business, Business in Focus can support you.