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Management/Command/Health and Safety and Training
Incident Command and Management Skills   As an Emergency Services Incident commander/manager I have developed skilled management and command capabilities under extreme pressure. I have attended and managed hundreds of emergency incidents over my career from Domestic to Industrial Fires and technical, vehicle and water rescues, managing personnel ,resources and making tactical and resource command decisions to ensure the best possible outcomes for each incident with the equipment and skills available. As a  watch manager I provide a fair ethical management with good communication skills, providing support and motivation of my personnel, leading and managing by example and ensuring I produce a highly motivated and productive team.    Health and Safety   As an emergency services manager,  health and safety of personnel and the public have been at the forefront of my career and regular training in health and safety management certified by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Managing Safely. Through this experience I have developed a high standard of dynamic and analytical risk assessment under extreme pressure which ensures the safety of all under my management and supervision. As an on Station manager I have also proactively ensured safety and wellbeing of personnel and where required, investigated applied additional safety systems reactively.   Training and Development   With over 5 years seconded to the training and development department of Tayside Fire and Rescue (now part of the Scottish Fire and Rescue service ) and responsible for providing training to all service personnel I have provided a high standard of training throughout my career, producing development tools presentations and assessment criteria and providing learning interventions for many differing procedures and service equipment to the highest standard. Now accredited as an A1 Assessor certified by the Scottish Qualifications Authority for assessing vocational candidates utilising and developing a range of assessment methods linked to their profession.

Work experience

Fire fighter /Crew manager/Training manager/Watch manager

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

        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.


Oct 1987Present

Vocational and professional certified qualifications

Scottish and Uk fire service colleges

The following are personal and professional development qualification's attained with  professional Accreditation

Emergency Services Supervisory Management Programme learning development in personal management ( Morton on Marsh)

Emergency Services Supervisory Management Programme learning development in Organisational  Management ( Morton on Marsh)

A1 Assessor SCQF Level 7   Scottish Qualifications Authority

IOSH  - Management of Health and Safety

Incident Command - Bronze incident command

Urban Search and Rescue Structural Collapse Technician (Texas A&M Univerity United States)

Breathing Apparatus Instructor

Road Traffic Collision Instructor

Tactical Ship Fire Fighting  ( Morton on Marsh)

Group B1 4000Kg Counterbalance Diesel and Lorry Mounted R/Truck Fork Lift operator

In addition I have been trained to swift water rescue technician  level 3. Provided by Tayside Fire and Rescue internal trainers.

Aug 1981Oct 1987

Vocational and professional certified qualifications SVQ standard

Falkirk and Dundee Technical Colleges

City and Guilds certificate in broad based engineering - light  fabrication ,welding , Lathe and Milling  level 1

City and Guilds certificate in light vehicle body repair level 1

City and Guilds certificate in light vehicle body repair level 2

City and Guilds Heavy Vehicle Body Repair Level 3

Jun 1979Jun 1981


Harris Academy

General High School Certificaion - graduation in

Technical Drawing