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Functional Officers

Head Assessor and Assessor Coordinator for WRO, Michael Gahan is an Assistant Chief Fire Officer with Carlow County Fire and Rescue Service, Ireland. He has responsibilities for National Resilience and Disaster Management in the South East Region as well as being involved in European Civil Protection. He is an operational officer within his brigade on call to respond and manage incidents while on duty.

Michael started in the service as a retained fire-fighter in 2001 and is now a brigade instructor in a number of disciplines. He developed a keen interest in the challenge concept, beginning in 2005 when competing with Carlow Fire and Rescue Service in Northern Ireland and Scotland and attended his first World Rescue Challenge in South Africa in 2006. He went on to join Rescue Organisation Ireland in 2008 as an assessor and was appointed ROI Head Assessor in 2010. He has actively assessed at ROI and other International challenges since 2008 and have assessed at all previous six World Rescue Challenges since 2010 having shadow assessed at the 2009 challenge in Frankfurt.

He appreciates that the WRO Head Assessor role is a vital component in maintaining and increasing the assessor standards across all WRO member organisations, he will have a direct link to the Director of Operations and is the main conduit between the three sub-groups of the Operations strand of the Executive.

As WRO Head Assessor, Michael is committed to bring about a co-ordinated response to achieving improved assessor standards and credibility by focusing on International assessor workshops, supporting head assessors in each WRO member organisation.