Emergency Response Coordinator.
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- +27 61 127 0669
- +27 61 127 0669
I am an efficient and effective manager with comprehensive knowledge, experience and skills with regard to the my field of specialty. I am energetic, openminded, goal driven and a good team player.
School Attended, Hoёr Volkskool Heidelberg and obtained matric (Grade 12) in 1985. After school I enrolled into the SANDF and the SAPS and joined the Pretoria fire Department in 1992. I started studying through the South African Fire Services Institute and obtained my Graduate Diploma in Fire Technology in 1997.
My tertiary education include:
Advanced Petrochemical Fire Fighting Course,
Fire Extinguisher Technician,
Incident Command System Workshop (Oklahoma State University),
MS Word 6.0
OHSACT 85/93 Hazardous Material Management As Per (GN 1179, 25 / 8 / 95)
Health and Safety Representative
Class IV Emergency Diver
USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) Technician
Rescue Diver – (PADI)
Emergency Medical Assistant (Currently Not Registered)
Basic Medical Rescue
Open Water Diving II
Open Water Diving I
First Aid Diploma
Advanced Driving – (IAM) (Institute for Advanced Motorists)
Basic Ambulance Course
Compressor Operators Certificate
Fireman’s Training Course (6 Months)
Occupational Health and Safety Management System Auditor/Lead Auditor
Environmental Management Auditor/Lead Auditor
SAP Document Management System – (Qatalum)
Incident Investigation – (Qatalum)
Confined Space Entry Course – (Qatalum)
Confined Space Team Member – Course (Qatalum)
Confined Space Rescue Course – (Qatalum)
Gas Analysis Course – (Intramas)
Working at Heights Course – (Qatalum)
Authorised Gas Testing – (NAPT)
H2S/BA Training (QP)
Presentation Skills – (Qatalum)
Communication Skills – (Qatalum)
Time Management – (Qatalum)
Fire Safety Inspector/Auditor (RLESC)
Basic Rigging and Lifting
IOSH Managing Safety
ISO 31000 Risk Manager
ISO 22301 Certified Business Continuity Management
During my time with the City of Tshwane Fire and Rescue Services I worked at all 17 Fire Stations within the Metropolitan Area. I worked as an operational Fire-fighter and was later transferred to the training department. In 1993 I was promoted to Senior Fireman, and in 1994, I was promoted to Leading Fireman. In 1997 while I was working at the training department I was promoted to Senior Station Officer (Company Commander) after successfully obtaining my Graduate Diploma, I then requested to be transferred back to the operational division.
While working as Operational Station Officer at Silverton Fire Station (Pretoria East) and at Phillip Nel Park Fire Station (Pretoria West) I was introduced to Petrochemical Fire fighting. Both these Fire Stations border Industrial areas with specific risks related to Bulk Fuel Tank Farms. As a result of this we operated closely with the Emergency Response Teams of the Tank Farms housing bulk storage Tanks for SHELL, BP and ENGEN. As part of our support and backup to these Tank Farms we were involved in monthly drill exercises with the Emergency Response Teams of the Tank Farms. The aim of these exercises was to ensure operational readiness and interoperability in the event that we had to assist the Emergency Response Teams with major incidents.
These exercises were conducted in the form of table top exercises, lectures and simulations of events such as Rim Seal fires, Vent fires, Floating roof fires, Fixed roof fires, Boil overs, Spill fires, Overfill ground fires as a result of pipe or tank leakage, BLEVE, foam application via base injection and foam monitors.
Furthermore during my tenure at Qatalum I was introduced to a wide range of industrial risk and hazards associated with different business units within the Smelter industry such as the Carbon Paste Plant, Cast House, Reduction and Power Group. Each of these groups present their own unique hazards and mitigating actions unique to the specific process. In order to be conversant with all of these hazards and specific related mitigating actions, regular emergency drills are conducted with each of the business units after thorough risk assessments have been conducted with the relevant groups to identify their highest risks. These exercises were also expanded to include Mutual Aid assistance from neighbouring companies with little or no experience in the Smelter Industry, ensuring operational readiness and interoperability between Mutual Aid Partners.
I am an efficient and effective manager with comprehensive knowledge, experience and skills with regard to the following functions:
• Emergency Medical Services
• Fire Prevention and Safety Services
• Fire Suppression Services
• Hazardous Materials Services
• Incident Command
• Technical Rescue operations involving:
Location, extrication, and initial medical stabilization of victims trapped in structural collapse, accidents, mines and collapsed trenches.
High Angle Rescue,
Swift Water Rescue etc.
• Logistic Services
• ISO 31000 Risk Manager
• Occupational Health and Safety
• Support Services
• Training Services
October 2012 – October 2014:
In charge of the Operational Division and responsible for incidents related to fire and rescue. Control and coordinate the maintenance of all fire equipment, on smelter site, power plant and harbor area for company. Develop, implement and coordinate procedures in line with company policy, NFPA Codes, HSE objectives and Emergency Management requirements.
Conduct risk and hazard assessments associated with smelter, power plant and harbor and advice regarding mitigation as far as preparation, response and recovery is concerned in order to ensure business continuity from the effects of potential natural, technological or manmade disasters.
Conduct regular operational exercises on-site and in conjunction with Mutual Aid Partners, including the Petroleum Refinery. Attend Industrial City Emergency Response Coordination Forum meetings in the absence of the Emergency Management Superintendent.
Provide assistance and support as required to all Qatalum functional areas with regard to risk assessments and emergency response plans.
October 2014 – January 2020
In charge of the Fire Safety Division Work in parallel with E & I Engineer in reaching objectives and ensuring Fire Protection Equipment and System readiness and compliance with NFPA Codes and Standards and Qatar Legislation, including but not limited to:
• Ensuring that inspections on all Fire Protection Systems are conducted in accordance with NFPA and as per the frequencies required.
• Ensuring that records are kept current with regards to inspections conducted on Portable Fire Extinguishers, Water Based Fire Protection Systems and Clean Agent Fire Protection Systems.
• Ensuring that inspection, servicing and maintenance on Portable fire Extinguishers are carried out in accordance with NFPA requirements.
• Ensuring that all defects and impairments on Water Based and Clean Agent Fire Protection Systems are reported to Technical safety for auctioning.
• Continuous involvement in new projects or any modifications to current systems from conception to handover, interacting with End User, Contractors and Consultants, in the review of detailed designs of active fire protection to ensure compliance with the relevant fire codes and regulations for the purpose of protecting life and property.
• Represents division as fire & life safety expert in Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) and Qualitative / Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) associated with all projects to ensure a coordinated and standardized approach.
• Assess and provide recommendations for corrective actions of active fire protection and mitigation systems e.g. deployment of fixed & portable firefighting equipment, facilitating inspections & fire engineering audits, development of specifications and standing instructions.
• As required, consult with Civil Defense, end users, Corporate HSE and other QP area Fire & Rescue Departments to ensure standardization of and compatibility of fixed equipment, etc. Consult with all stakeholders on the interpretation and application of codes & standards.
• Work hand in hand with Occupational Health and Safety in developing HSE Standards and procedures, roll out and implementation of approved Standards and Procedures in the plant and conducting HSE audits throughout the plant.
• Provision of HSE Training including Working at heights, Confined Space entry etc.
- 27 years
- Team Work/ Management
Groups & Associations
- Previously SAESI
- Afrikaans, English
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