Watch Manager

Watch Manager

The Watch Manager role takes charge of the ‘watch’ (Firefighters and Crew Manager(s) that are based within their team/watch), who are on duty at the fire station.  When they attend incidents, Watch Managers are the Incident Commander (IC) who take full control during small incidents.

As a Watch Manager, the requirements for completing operational competencies are primarily aimed at:

  •  Implementing action as Incident Commander to resolve incidents
  • Debriefing personnel to review and learn from the incident
  • Delivering training and assessments to improve and measure performance
  • Completing safety critical tasks and equipment such as:
    • wearing Breathing Apparatus (BA)
    • pitching ladders
    • don a chemical protection suit
    • demonstrate how to reduce the temperature in a compartment on fire by use of pulsed spray techniques
    • use door entry procedures
    • interpret readings from a Siemens Electronic Personal Dosimeter (EPD)

Watch Managers may also be in overall charge of a fire station, particularly if it is staffed by Retained / On-Call Firefighters.

Watch Manager (Control)

The Watch Manager (Control) role takes charge of the ‘watch’ (Firefighters (Control) and Crew Manager (Control) that are based within their team/watch), who are on duty in the Control Room.  When they deal with incidents, Watch Managers are responsible for managing their team to ensure resources are mobilised, requests from the fire ground for information and further resources are completed.  They also ensure that fire cover is maintained across the Service.

As a Watch Manager, the requirements for completing operational competencies are primarily aimed at:

  • Implementing action as Mobilising Officer to resolve an incident
  • Debriefing personnel to review and learn from the incident

Delivering training and assessments to improve and measure performance

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