Fire fighter /Crew manager/Training manager/Watch manager
My Career within the Emergency service has spanned over 30years and provided the following spheres of experience and knowledge.Starting within Fire Service Workshops in 1981, I was initially trained in emergency vehicle, equipment repair, engineering and equipment development, joining the fire service as a fire fighter in 1987.
Within the emergency planning department of Tayside Fire and Rescue I was part of the consultation and liaison team regarding the UK governments CBRN new dimensions project and the integration of Mass decontamination, urban search & rescue ensuring improvement in emergency resilience of the SFRS.
During this period I trained in urban search and rescue at Texas A&M university in the United States and Tunnelling and shoring training with Scottish Mines rescue to assist the introduction of standardised Scottish based training and development packages . I was also seconded to both mines rescue and the Scottish Fire Service Training School for fire service liaison and training respectively. Within the the Fire and Rescue training department I provided, managed and trained personnel in Breathing apparatus , road traffic collision, mass decontamination, urban search and rescue and various other service specific training and employee entry evaluation to current SFRS standards . As a watch manager in charge of station watches I was responsible for assessment of Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) candidates and provided management ,training and instruction to watch personnel to ensure critical skills competence was maintained by personnel under my command/management which resulted in marked performance improvement annually. Watch management included required monthly planning and execution of all aspects of station working including , resource provision and community safety work to reduce risk within the local community, working directly with local groups and stakeholders to achieve a reduction in risk and incidents.