Fire and Safety Engineer/hazardous materials and dangerous goods specialist.
I believe my knowledge and technical know-how in the field of fire, rescue, safety, disaster management, aviation, hazardous materials and petrochemical industries will help me contribute a great deal to your company.
Commendations and Recognitions
Outstanding Firefighting Operations – December 1998 – Fire Reference
No. 138/12/88 Recommended by C. F. O. S. J. Smith
Outstanding Performance 1981 South African Navy Fire Department Recommended by C. F. O. Sievewright
Outstanding Performance for Evacuation of 25 Personnel – 1990 – Metro Fire and Emergency Services – Chief Fire Officer Gerritz.
Award – certificate for outstanding performance – King Khaled International Airport 27 July 2010. – Lufthansa crash – alert 3
Oil Refinery Experience
SOUTH AFRICAN PETROLEUM AND MOBILE REFINERIES – January 1984. To December 1991. Position held – fire officer/ training instructor
AL MASSAEID / AL QATALOON REFINERIES – 2007/2008. Position held – Chief Fire Officer
DURBAN FIRE AND EMERGENCY RESCUE AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT SERVICES : Position held – Deputy Chief Fire Officer. from January 1992 to December 2006
KING KHALED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES – Position held – Assistant Chief Fire Officer – Hazardous Materials Specialist and airside operations. From 2009 – current.
Working at the various Projects , I was responsible to our client for the following duties:-Co-ordination and supervising all aspects pertaining to fire department, ensuring that both company and statutory regulations are fully maintained.
Developing short and long range plans concerning all Fire and Safety matters. Arranging and attending management meetings in order to advise the client’s representatives accordingly.
Planning and presenting counterpart training schedules for the clients nominated Fire and Safety representatives was the aim of transferring adequate knowledge in order that the nominated counterparts would eventually be competent to undertake the full responsibilities for all Fire and Safety matters.
Preparing and presenting training schedules, relative to all statutory Fire and Safety procedures, including: procedures, Emergency actions, safety audits, safety inspections, gas testing (02 analyzer & explosimeter for vessel entry etc), workshop safety, the introduction of the permit to work procedure, including:- hot work, vessel/confined space entry, radiography, excavation, h2s monitoring and the organization of the Station safety committee.
Allocating personal to conduct routine inspection of all fire fighting and safety equipment on a regular basis, ensuring that the equipment is maintained to a standard where it is readily available for use at all times.
The training of Operations and Maintenance personnel in the practical use of all available firefighting equipment including vehicles
Concluding all associated administration duties including forwarding reports detailing recommendations to company management and the client’s representatives. Maintaining all records relative to routine inspections of equipment and training activities.
Concise reports regarding the operations and management of the fire eservice.
Versatile and highly accomplished senior executive management professional offering over 29 years of experience in the areas of fire fighting operations management, project management, strategic planning and decision making, due protocol participation and due diligence in the fire, rescue and emergency services, and hazardous materials department.
Associates diploma in Fire Technology assessed by the Institute of Fire Engineers in the United Kingdom; and associates diploma from SAESI, having an eye for detail and rich exposure to coordinating and controlling any fire fighting tasks, procedures and processes on the fire-ground or the station ground.
Skilled in leading operational efficiency by constantly striving for new and innovative ways of getting the job done safely and quickly with faster response times to incidents.
Outstanding track record of managing shift/watch for 42 fire stations, 30 fire officers and approximately 700 fire fighters including all the resources and equipment.
Recognized for hands-on experience in occupational health and safety, keeping updated with the latest legislation, techniques and trends, subscribing to health and safety magazines such as ‘Health and Safety at Work’, as well as joining health and safety groups on various social networking sites such as Linked-In, Facebook and others.
Implementing and executing successful strategies adhering to the fire safety policies and procedures resulting effective operational excellence, improved work ethic, culture and performance.
An excellent communicator with the ability to work under pressure in fast-paced, time sensitive environments. Proven ability to interact effectively with people of diverse nationalities and comfortable working in a multi-cultural setting.
Hazardous materials and dangerous goods specialist King khaled international airport in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. Responsible for managing the cargo facilities and the training and supervision of all personal.
Responsible for fire safety and prevention of airside facilities
Ability to apply my knowledge and techniques to resolve fire-related issues, using a professional approach
Excellent Leadership, Command and Control Skills
Negotiation skills/Write specifications and prepare reports
Excellent written and oral communication in regard to Inspections, risk Management, Health and Safety issues
Reviewing proposals to assist the organization in awarding contracts.
Ability to improve poor work output and performance to reach and maintain a high standard
Leadership and Command Skills
• Interpret Existing Policies
• National and International safety policies
• Freeway Incident Management Systems
• Transportation and handling of dangerous goods and substances
• Audits and budgets, and updating information of activities related to the Fire Service
JUNE 2009 – Appointed as an assistant Chief Fire Officer / Hazardous Materials Specialist for King Khaled International Airport Riyadh. Saudi Arabia up until present moment
Achievements and Experience in this Position
Maintained highly exceptional standard of management and liaison with other services linked to fire service at major incidents
Attended various exercises and incidents with major oil refineries and assumed
the role of an incident commander. Work in conjunction with Saudi aramco.
Responsible for managing the Fire and Rescue as delegated in the absence of the chief fire officer.
Due to shortage of manpower assigned to advise and assist in fire safety operations and prevention and training for indefinite period.
Established and trained personal for the airport hazardous materials department.
Planning, co-coordinating and provision of emergency Firefighting, Search and Rescue, and Salvage while assisting in humanitarian services
Maintenance of comprehensive policies regarding the media, as well all other emergency services
Responsible and accountable for the deliverance of high standards of performance, from the various services
Managed and developed the performance of the Fire Service and aligned it with international institutions, and international recognition.
Assisted and advised the operational sector, and Management on major incidents, even complex ones when off duty and assumed the role of Incident Commander. Conducted training and development courses with major companies.
Certificates and Diplomas obtained during on hands work experience over 30 years.
LAST HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDED.
Southlands State Indian High School, Durban
Grade 12. Subjects : English, Afrikaans, Math’s, Physical Science, Geography/ Technical Drawing
1982 South African Fire & Emergency Institute Fireman’s Certificate
1984 South African Health & Dental Council Basic life support certificate
1986 Ambulance emergency Medical Services Intermediate and advanced life Support certificate
1988 National Occupational Safety Association Safety Representative
of South Africa (NOSAF)
1989 South African Fire & Emergency Institute Leading Fireman’s Certificate
1989 Durban Fire & Emergency Services B.A.Technician
1990 South African Fire & Emergency Institute/IFE Graduate /associate diploma
1990 South African Petroleum Refineries Firefighting/ Fire officer and Safety officer.
1991 NOSA Safety Supervisor
1992 NOSA Advanced Safety Supervisor
1992 Durban Fire & Emergency Services Written Communications
1995 NOSA Safety
1994 University of kwazulu natal Bsc degree – fire and safety
1997 South African fire service institute Associates Diploma
1998 Durban Fire and Emergency Services Middle Management
1999 South African Petroleum Refineries Sasol Gas Pipeline Safety
1999 South African Petroleum Refineries Inspection/Installation
1999 LPG Association of South Africa Level 1 and 2
2003 South African Fire & Emergency Institute Firefighter Part 1
2003 South African Fire & Emergency Institute Firefighter Part 2
2003 South African Fire & Emergency Institute Fire Instructor 1/2/3/4
2007 Durban Fire & Emergency Services Stress & Time Management
2007 Durban Fire & Emergency Services Hazardous Materials Specialist.
2007 Durban Fire & Emergency Services Hazardous Materials incident commander.
1979 – 1981 South African Defense Force :Position – Leading Seaman
Duties – Firefighting/Air and Sea Rescue.Servicing & Maintenance of all firefighting equipment aboard the naval vessel/Communications/Operational Salvage and Shoring
1981 – 2007 EThekwini Municipality Fire, Rescue, Emergency and Disaster Management Services
Position – Divisional Commander/ Assistant Chief/ Deputy Chief
Duties – Emergency Operations/Training/Administration and management
Resource Administration/Personnel Management/Communications and Dispatching/Discipline/Fire / Accidents Investigations/Counseling/Incident Command/Planning and organization
1 Panning, co-coordinating and provision of emergency Firefighting, Search and Rescue, and Salvage while assisting in humanitarian services
2 Maintenance of comprehensive policies regarding the media, as well all other emergency services
3 Assume complete control of the four regions incorporated within EThekwini municipality
4 Responsible and accountable for the deliverance of high standards of performance, from the various fire services
5 Managed and developed the performance of the Fire Service and aligned it with international institutions, and international recognition.
6 Assisted and advised the operational sector, and Management on major incidents, even complex ones when off duty and assumed the role of Incident Commander
7 Established communications from the Command Centre to the Communications Centre, to keep the relevant authorities informed and updated of major incidents.
8 Assisted in the formulation of reviews and comments on all relevant fire safety matters related to new projects and developments.
9 In 1990, appointed by the EThekwini Municipality Fire, Rescue and emergency Services as co-coordinator, to interact with different services to conduct a survey of informal dwellings. As a result, many homeless people were allocated with proper housing and essential services
10. Considerable knowledge of fire fighting, fire prevention and crash rescue techniques; knowledge of fire inspection and prevention techniques; knowledge of emergency medical techniques ability to evaluate emergency situations and develop effective courses of action; ability to work under pressure; ability to prepare reports.
11. Investigated fires by checking prevailing conditions after fires, and locating fire hazards to determine causes of fires; compiled reports by indicating results of investigation.
12. Being available for work during off-duty hours to assist in emergencies.
13. Directed firefighters in auxiliary activities such as maintenance on aircraft speed reduction emergency system and station maintenance duties by assigning and participating in work to ensure performance of tasks.
14. Knowledge of Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Operational Instructions (OI’s) and governing directives. Ability to plan, implement, and direct crash/fire/rescue procedures Ability to direct and perform personnel rescue and crash/fire operations and to mentally and physically withstand fuel-induced flames and high temperatures
15. Acted as incident commander at emergency scenes, prepared follow-up incident reports and investigations as required. Ensured determination of cause and origin of fire incidents procedures are followed
16. Prepared various administrative reports and maintains records related to daily incidents, engine company training, fire prevention inspection and equipment and grounds maintenance.
17. Provided input and recommendations and ensures company compliance with the Operation, Training, Fire Prevention and Emergency Medical Services programs.
18. Worked in conjunction with the local authority fire departments and the airport fire department within the jurisdiction of Durban for approximately ten years.
19. Routine inspection of all fire fighting and safety equipment on a regular basis ensuring that the equipment is maintained to a standard where it is readily available for use at all times.
20. The training of Operations and Maintenance personnel in the practical use of all available firefighting equipment and vehicles.
21. Carrying out all associated administration duties including forwarding reports detailing recommendations to company management and the client’s representatives. Maintaining all records relative to routine inspections of equipment and training activities.
22. Concise reports regarding the operations and management of the fire eservice.
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