Area Manager Gus O’Rourke of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is giving a two hour presentation entitled ‘The Bosley Mill Disaster’.
At the time of the Bosley Mill Incident Gus O’Rourke was Incident Commander for periods in the late afternoon on the first day and during the subsequent days and weeks that the incident lasted. In his presentation Gus O’Rourke will discuss the history of the mill, the difficulty in accessing the mill due to its location in a valley, the incident command challenges, the operational response and the inter agency and service liaison both during and after the incident.
Gus O’Rourke joined Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) in 1990 and has served in various operational and functional roles during that time. In 2005 he was seconded to the Fire Service College where he worked in the Incident Command Team until 2008. He is currently the CFOA Lead Officer for Operational Training and played a major role in designing and developing CFRS’s award winning Incident Command Training Suite.
Today he is an Area Manager responsible for the Operational Policy and Assurance Department which includes Operational Training, Command Training, Health and Safety, Policy and Planning and Fleet Services. Gus holds a Master’s Degree in Integrated Emergency Management.
This lecture is the second of a number of free events that are run by the IFE in conjunction with The University of Central Lancashire during each academic year. They provide recognised CPD for IFE members and are also open and free for anyone to attend for their personal development.