WRO Head Assessor, Michael Gahan is a Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer with Wicklow County Fire Service, Ireland. Based at the Headquarters Station in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Michael as responsibility for the Strategic Management and Operational activities of the service, reporting to the Chief Fire Officer.
He has over 17 years Managerial, Technical and Operational experience and provide strategic leadership and support to each of the brigades across the county. Other responsibilities include the safety, health and welfare of staff; the Management of Capital and Expenditure budgets; the Development and Co-ordination of the Training Centre and Training Programmes to meet identified needs of the service.
He has also being involved in European Civil Protection for a number of years, he is an operational officer within his brigade rostered 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. More recently he was appointed the Director of Operations for Rescue Organisation Ireland and continues to grow and expand the operational activity and number of assessors within the organisation.
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.