Second in charge of Guernsey’s fire and rescue service, who despite being in such a position that he no longer needs to concern himself with putting out fires, does so for the thrill of riding the engine.
He attended the same school at Marc Renouf, but was two years behind him. Renouf was tasked with looking after him and showing him around the school when Ferbrache first arrived and they’ve never quite broken that relationship. Ferbrache still looks up to him and considers that he has to return the favour in some way.
Outside of school, they apparently spent a fair amount of time together as boys and that Ferbrache is no good at keeping secrets. In book one, Dead in the Water, we learn that,
Renouf had forgotten it was Ferbrache’s father – not his own – who had first taken him off the island. Ferbrache recalled it in trivial detail: an overnight ferry to France, and neither had felt a sea so rough; they’d emptied their stomachs into the Channel, partly through the sway of the boat and partly because of their nervous excitement. France had not lived up to the promise and after a rainy day in Cherbourg they’d repeated the tumbling journey back to the island.
Neither did Renouf remember that Ferbrache had betrayed the secret of his own first love, and blabbed that Renouf had scrawled three misspelled words on a bunker at Pleinmont (Renouf had been forced to spend a weekend scrubbing them off), or that Ferbrache had told the rest of their friends – in strictest confidence, naturally – that Renouf’s parents were to divorce.
Ferbrache had never been able to keep a secret.
Miles Bichard aptly describes him as being ‘Oily as a kipper… and [with] a tongue that runs away with itself.’
Christine Le Page later meets him at the kiosk at Fermain Bay where she noticed that when they shook hands his own were smooth, which she assumed was because the prints had been burned away through years of fighting fires.