Tasmania Fire Service
The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS), the operational arm of the State Fire Commission, was created in 1979 through the amalgamation of the State Fire Authority, the Rural Fires Board and 22 urban fire brigade boards. The TFS includes over 230 fire brigades across Tasmania and its islands. These fire brigades are comprised of around 250 career firefighters and approximately 4800 volunteer firefighters. TFS has primary responsiblity for response to bushfires on private land.
TFS has a close co-operative relationship with the other emergency services in the State; Tasmania Police, State Emergency Service and Ambulance Tasmania. Informal as well as formal arrangements have evolved, including co-location in strategic areas. In addition, the TFS has mutual aid arrangements with Forestry Tasmania and the Parks and Wildlife Service to ensure major bushfires are adequately resourced and managed. These relationships enhance emergency response across the State. TFS also contributes to Tasmania's security through its participation on the State Disaster Committee.
The TFS recognises the importance of participation in the national emergency services community. It is an active member of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council and the Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre. TFS has also deployed personnel to other jurisdictions (including the USA ) to assist with major firefighting campaigns.
Further information can be found: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au
Acting Chief Officer
Gavin commenced his firefighting career with Hobart Fire Brigade in 1985. He has worked in many areas within the Tasmania Fire Service including; Learning and Development, various Districts within Northern and Southern Regions and State Operations. Gavin was promoted to District Officer in 1998 , Deputy Regional Chief – North in 2009, Deputy Chief Officer in 2010 and to his present position of Acting Chief Officer in 2015. In his current role Gavin is primarily responsible for the Operational arm of the TFS and also chairs or participates a range of forums within TFS and across Government. At a National level Gavin is a member of the AFAC Urban Operations group and chairs the AFAC HazMat Technical group.
Gavin is a type 3 Incident Controller and Operations Officer and during his career has commanded many significant incidents both in Tasmania and interstate, including working as an Incident Controller during the Victorian bushfires of 2009. In 2000 and again in 2003, Gavin travelled to North America and worked on Incident Management teams in Montana.
Gavin completed a Masters Degree in Emergency Management in 2010, with a particular focus on interoperability. He is also holds a Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership, an Advanced Diploma of Firefighting (Management) and is a Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers. In 2011 Gavin was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal.