Anton Daish is the VHNZ South Island Regional Manager. He is also an Industrial Safety Trainer, a Fire training SME and our Trainer Health and Safety Representative.
Anton came to VHNZ with experience in emergency response, operational planning for the fire service which included operational duties for Urban and Rural Fires, Civil Defence and Urban Search and Rescue events and he was heavily involved in the Christchurch Earthquake response.
Anton was the Training Manager for the New Zealand Fire Service, Canterbury, Marlborough, Nelson and West Coast Regions within the South Island. He was involved in the design, coordination and delivery of training to New Zealand Fire Service personnel for all conceivable emergencies.
Let's pick Anton's brain about safety in NZ:
Anton, what is your first memory of the importance of safety?
As a trained NZ firefighter I remember the first time training in a Live Fire Exercise, experiencing several hundred degrees of heat. It showed the importance of wearing correct PPE, but also the value of teamwork and "trusting your mates" and knowing that your main protection was your delivery and branch being controlled by the pump operator outside. Having a "flashover" rolling over the ceiling above you and knowing the training you have, being able to read the stages of fire development knowing when to apply water, was the only reason you survived in what was effectively a fatal environment.
What has surprised you most about working within Health and Safety, Industry training?
The incredible passion, knowledge and skill that my colleagues who work within this industry have. We all have one common goal which is to ensure our safety training impacts on peoples lives so they come home to their families safe every night. The skill of a trainer is to create a learning environment that engages trainees so the learn but more importantly retain new knowledge.
What do you wish other people knew about safety in New Zealand?
That people who work in "High Risk" industries do face real dangers everyday through their work based activities and the "She'll be right" mentality is no longer acceptable within the workplace. We only have one life !
Tell me about something you've learnt while working at VHNZ?
The value of making training relevant to industry, but also that as a trainer you need credibility, I believe VHNZ employs such people which makes our training REAL.
What might (someone) be surprised to know about you?
I hold a Diploma in Medical Photography and worked within the Hospital System for 10 years as a professional photographer taking photos of things you don't want to hear about.
I am also very keen on V8 cars and own a 5.7 Lt Hemi V8 which is very fast.
If you were alone on a dessert island and could only take three items what would you take?
Food, Water, Shelter ???
If you won lotto what would be the first thing you'd buy?
Dodge Challenger Hellcat 6.2 Lt V8 (Sex on Wheels)