Derek Cheevers. Acting District Officer. Dublin Fire Brigade HQ - The BBS (Hons) degree offered by IT Carlow is an invaluable qualification for those operating in the often challenging environment of a modern day emergency service. Aside from imparting key management theory to the student, it offers a bespoke qualification in terms of the specific subject matter that relates to the fire service. At all times throughout the process, I found the lecturers and staff of IT Carlow to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I would wholeheartedly recommend this programme to anyone wishing to enhance their personal development and increase their effectiveness at the job they do.
Danny O’ Connor, Firefighter, Limerick City & County Fire and Rescue Service - I initially began the BBS Emergency Services Degree in September 2011 and graduated in 2015. I feel the range of topics covered by the programme has given me the necessary skills and insight required for a managerial role within the Fire and Rescue Service. A key benefit of the programme is the availability of lecturers who have vast practical experience in areas such as strategic management, health and safety management and organisational change to name but a few. In particular, modules in fire prevention, building control and the laws which underpin these areas are of crucial importance to the modern fire service. I would encourage any member of the service, regardless of rank, to sign up.
William Maher, Station Officer, Donnybrook Fire Station - I undertook the Bachelor of Business Studies (Emergency Services) Degree through IT Carlow in 2009 and graduated with an honours degree in 2013. The subjects studied during this course are extremely relevant and beneficial to operating in a modern emergency service, delivered by first-class tutors who are always accommodating to student needs. I would recommend that all emergency services personnel should consider this course to assist in providing the knowledge and skills necessary to meet today’s challenges in the workplace.
John Moody, Station Officer, East Region Control Centre, Operations and a graduate of the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Emergency Services 2013 commented that he found the overall content to be very wide ranging and the fire services element in particular was very relevant as it involves the legal aspects under the Fire Services Act. John also noted that the learning around building regulations and health and safety is fundamental to work in DFB and is covered comprehensively by the degree programme.
Terry Kearney, Brigade Training & Logistics Officer, Dublin Fire Brigade and a graduate of Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Emergency Services in 2012 emphasised that “deciding to go back to college as a mature student is a big decision. He commented that the combination of distance and on-site learning allows you the flexibility to study when it suits but also because you are meeting up with your lecturer/group on a monthly basis – this connection allows you a focused structure to learn and develop both personally and professionally. Terry commented that the IT Carlow BBS Hons Degree has awakened his interest in education.
Michael O’Reilly, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Dublin Fire Brigade and a graduate of the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Emergency Services in 2012 reflected recently that as Assistant Chief Fire Officer of Dublin Fire Brigade with responsibility for Human Resources Management of up to a thousand employees, the Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Emergency Services has proven to be invaluable to him. He commented that the degree provided him with the skills to develop Dublin Fire Brigade Officers into modern day managers and the tools required to deal with the emerging trends facing the public service today. He highlighted that the degree has also provided him with the knowledge and confidence to address issues within the fire service while having an understanding of the macro environments that the public service operates in.
Donal Petherbridge, DFB Acting District Officer, Dublin Fire Brigade HQ. and a graduate of the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Emergency Services in 2012 noted in a reflection of his time studying for his degree that as a first timer in higher level education there was a significant effort on his part to get to grips with the programme but that the benefits of the programme in general and from subjects studied such as Strategic Management and Strategic Logistics have provided him with valuable relevant skills which he has been able to apply in his daily work routine.