Derek has over 27 years’ experience working within the fire service, including a one-year educational exchange to Auckland New Zealand with the New Zealand Fire Service. As a senior fire officer, he has responded to and managed a number of large-scale complex incidents working at both operational and strategic level. In his time as a fire officer, Derek has qualified as an instructor in a number of disciplines including SCBA, Rope Rescue and Offshore fire-fighting. He is the Subject Matter Expert for his organisation in Incident Command.
Derek holds a Batchelors degree in business studies (emergency services management) and a Master’s degree in Major Emergency Management from Dublin City University (DCU). He is also a member of the Emergency Management Institute of Ireland (EMII). Derek is the author of the crisis management protocol document for the country’s largest local authority and has designed and delivered a number of crisis simulation exercises for organisations in both the public and private sector. He is also a trainer in both Information Management and On-site Coordination as defined by the Irish Framework for Major Emergency Management.
As a national expert in EU Civil Protection, Derek has undertaken a number of training courses within the Mechanism and is actively involved in the Operational Management Course (OPM) as a Learning Control Group Support Coordinator. As one of six national experts invited to work on Exercise Orion U.K. 2010, Derek has developed a national form of exercise evaluation. This form of evaluation has been officially adopted by the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management and has been used to evaluate a number of large-scale exercises in Ireland.