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Personal statement

"I'm a highly-skilled British firefighter with over nine years' operational and two years' managerial experience, gained within Greater Manchester and Cheshire Fire and Rescue services.

"Currently employed as a Corporate Trainer (Crew Manager level), I'm responsible for rolling out trauma-related training programmes to over 1,200 operational personnel and, as of April 2017, I will have completed a Skills for Justice breathing apparatus instructor's qualification.

"In addition to casualty-care, I also have specialist knowledge of extrication and rope rescue techniques.

"In order to develop my career, I have a strong desire to gain experience on an international level in environments that present more complex and varied fire hazards. I have enjoyed utilising my firefighting skills in humanitarian and culturally-diverse frameworks as a member of  charity, Operation Florian. With an overall aim of improving fire safety on a global scale, I've delivered training in Macedonia and Moldova as part of a volunteer team which has a remit to up-skill native fire crews in these regions."

Skills & accolades

Qualifications and training courses:

  • Institute of Fire Engineers Level 3 diploma: Incident command and operation. 
  • Institute of Fire Engineers Level 3 certificate: Fire operations and fire science.
  • Skills for Justice Level 3: Initial incident command.
  • Skills For Justice Level 3: Providing trauma care/first on scene.

  • Skills For Justice Level 3: Education and training.
  • Institution of Occupational Safety and Health: Managing health and safety.
  • Assessed to Watch Manager 7 as per National Occupational Standard.

Operational expertise:

  • Official GMFRS instructor at Training Development Centre, Manchester
  • Direct line manager to team of nine (CFRS).  
  • Competent user of breathing apparatus.
  • Competent in use of rope rescue equipment. 
  • Incident-command-assessed to be officer in charge of a fire appliance.
  • Advanced trauma technician - deliver first-aid training to fire service personnel.
  • Emergency fire appliance driver.
  • Watch-based road traffic collision instructor.
  • Foam operation unit operative. 
  • Hose laying lorry operative.
  • Level II Union Representative in Health and Safety.

Personal attributes:

  • First-rate communicator adept at delivering training programmes to individuals and groups.
  • Strong team player with excellent influencing and mentoring skills.
  • Possess a natural ability to forge strong relations with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Highly resourceful, confident and calm under pressure.

Work history  

Feb 2017Present

Corporate Trainer (Crew Manager level)

Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service
  • Corporate Trainer based at Training and Development Centre in Manchester, responsible for developing and delivering a wide range of operational training and development (OTD) programmes to 1200 whole-time operational staff across 41 stations.
  • Specialising in delivery of extrication and trauma-related/casualty-care training including high-performance CPR.
  • Responsible for risk assessment of training venues and delivery methods on a daily basis prior to commencement of OTD programmes.

  • Providing objective assessments of competence for operational personnel and identifying their development requirements.

  • Providing objective assessments of competence for other Corporate Trainers , Associate and Watch-based trainers via a peer review process Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
  • Creating and monitoring development plans for Corporate, Associate and Watch Based Trainers as required following assessment of competence.

  • Assisting with the monitoring and evaluation of the short, medium and long term effectiveness of operational training and development to provide assurance that it is of appropriate quality. 

Mar 2008Feb 2017

Crew Manager (promoted in November 2015) 

Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service
  • Officer in charge of on-call fire appliance for Wilmslow and surrounding area.
  • Responsible for administration of eight on-call firefighters including personal development, payroll and annual leave.
  • Support Watch Manager in management and administration.
  • Incident commander at incidents that require more than one resource - providing tactical and operational support.
  • Provide leadership, supervision and development needed to support personnel to perform their roles competently. Example - managed and organised a training scenario at local prison to test pre-deployment risk plan. This involved three fire appliances and was coordinated in conjunction and collaboration with the prison. 
  • Support and deliver safety education and enforcement programmes to protect the public and make communities safer. Report on events to educate future practice. 
  • Ensure practical knowledge is up-to-date regarding treatment of technological hazards, hazardous materials, fire prevention in buildings and organisational planning.
  • Promotion of positive and extensive liaison with other emergency services including police and ambulance service and other local authorities.
Apr 2013Present

On-call Crew Manager (promoted in November 2014)

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Officer in charge of on-call fire appliance for Wilmslow and surrounding area.
  • Responsible for administration of eight on-call firefighters including personal development, payroll and annual leave.
  • Support Watch Manager in management and administration.
  • Incident commander at incidents that require more than one resource - providing tactical and operational support.
  • Provide leadership, supervision and development needed to support personnel to perform their roles competently. Example - managed and organised a training scenario at local prison to test pre-deployment risk plan. This involved three fire appliances and was coordinated in conjunction and collaboration with the prison. 
  • Support and deliver safety education and enforcement programmes to protect the public and make communities safer. Report on events to educate future practice. 
  • Ensure practical knowledge is up-to-date regarding treatment of technological hazards, hazardous materials, fire prevention in buildings and organisational planning.
  • Promotion of positive and extensive liaison with other emergency services including police and ambulance service and other local authorities.
Feb 2005Feb 2010

Combat Medical Technician - Army Reservists

Lance Corporal - Royal Army Medical Corp
  • Based at 203 Field Hospital, Cardiff.
  • Assisted with the management of surgical, medical and psychiatric casualties from the onset of the condition until the casualty was admitted to a hospital offering specialist care.
  • Ensured immediate necessary first aid and other sustaining procedures required to hold a casualty for a limited period in non-hospital situation.
  • Provided health advice to non medical junior commanders.
  • Administered non-controlled drugs ordered by a Medical Officer.
  • Trained junior medical assistants and maintained the maintenance of medical equipment. 
  • Advised on basic field hygiene.

Education

Sep 1993Jun 2000

Ysgol Gyfun

Llangefni, Anglesey, Wales

A and AS Levels: Geography, English Literature, Photography 

GCSEs - achieved A-C grade in the following: Maths, English Language, English Literature, Welsh Language, Welsh Literature, French, Geography, Art, dual-award Science 

Volunteer & charity work 

Operation Florian

In 2011, I joined this fire service humanitarian charity which works to promote the protection of life amongst communities throughout the world, through the provision of equipment and training to improve fire and rescue capabilities. 

  • May 2011: Logistics Officer - I was part of a team which flew to Macedonia to facilitate the movement of instructors and equipment around the region, over a two-week period. The project was based out of Sveti Nikole and we enjoyed daily interaction with the Macedonian firefighters, learning about their culture and working habits. 
  • May 2012: Area Coordinator - During this two-pronged visit, I was initially tasked with delivering breathing apparatus  training to volunteer firefighters in Bogdanci, southern Macedonia. Latterly, in Kratavo, I was part of a two-strong team delivering RTC training to professional  firefighters. 
  • May 2013: Project Coordinator - as part of four-strong team, I drove a fire appliance from Manchester through Europe to Macedonia delivering it to the people of Valandavo as a donation from Operation Florian. Once there, we embarked on a two-week programme of pumps and ladders training to enable the volunteer firefighters to utilise this new piece of equipment. 
  • May 2014: Driver and Trainer - as part of a four-strong convoy of fire appliances, I drove from Manchester to Chisnau to deliver equipment to  firefighters in Moldova's capital as part of the UN's Decade for Action in Road Safety.

Original Volunteers

  • January 2010: I spent two weeks in the Kumasi region of Ghana, where, with 12 other volunteers, we assisted in the construction of a new primary school for disadvantaged children.
  • September 2010:  I travelled to Marrakesh. Morocco, where I worked in an orphanage for two weeks interacting with youngsters and assisting in day-to-day operations. 


Hobbies & interests

I am committed to pursuing a healthy lifestyle and as a keen runner have completed Liverpool marathon (2011) and Manchester marathon (2012) as well as Chester half marathon (2015). I play golf regularly from a handicap of 14 and am also a fully-qualified ASA Level II swimming instructor.

Additional information

  • Personal and professional referees are available on request.
  • I possess a full, clean driving licence.
  • Fluent Welsh speaker.