Computer Simulation Specialist
Country Fire Authority / State Based / July 2006 – Present
This position started out as a one-year project to determine feasibility of computer simulation training. I started out basically running the project on my own with a single laptop building it up to a training delivery method that has now been adopted around Australasia with many of those agencies still seeking my advice on computer simulation for emergency management.
I travelled the state delivering this training to volunteers and career members until 2011 when CFA employed two computer simulation technicians. I then became their supervisor and began to focus on research and development of computer simulation and virtual reality products, delivery, and strategies. I am required to communicate, develop, and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders on a daily basis.
As of 2019 I have developed a number of exercises to support emergency management at all levels and have provided guidance to other Australasian agencies and in 2018 I was invited to present at the European Fire Services Colleges Association Annual Meeting in Portugal, this was an invaluable experience and supported the development of relationships with international agencies.
I have built up relationships and rapport with fellow staff members, CFA volunteers and other stakeholders as well as chairing an Australasian committee on computer simulation in emergency management. I am often required to provide advice to higher levels of management within CFA.
Country Fire Authority / Warrnambool, Langwarrin, Ballan, Bacchus Marsh, Gisborne / March 2002 – Present
Commencing as a volunteer firefighter after it had been a long-term interest of mine, I soon began gaining experience and qualifications as well as lifelong skills. I have held multiple positions throughout my volunteer career including leadership, incident management, brigade management and training roles.
Emergency situations I have trained for and experiences include, urban and rural fires, road accident rescue, hazardous materials incidents and light aviation incidents.
Fire & Incident Reporting Call Taker
Country Fire Authority / East Burwood / August 2004 – July 2006
This position required me to take calls from CFA, VICSES and Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) members and enter information about fires and incidents they are attending into the Fire and Incident Reporting System (FIRS). This position required great attention to detail as the information provided could be used for determining product recalls and insurance claims.
I was given the responsibility to also look after Freedom of Information (FoI) and insurance information requests, this required me to investigate the request and process accordingly. I was also required to deal with the requesting representative in a professional manner, generally via telephone or email.
I also developed a manual that has since been used in training new members, in particular, those without a fire service background. The manual explained how each section of the FIRS system related to an incident and outlined the different types of equipment used within CFA and TFS.
Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) / Gellibrand /
October 2003 – April 2004
Only completing one season as a project firefighter due to gaining employment on a full-time basis, this role saw me undertake tasks including:
- Track clearing
- Forest firefighting
- Working with and off siding machinery
- Campground maintenance
- Site restoration
Basketball Referee and Referee Coach
Various associations and Basketball Victoria Country / 1997 – Present
I gained qualification as a basketball referee in 1997 after completing training, from there I have developed my referee skills and progressed through the levels to become a referee coach where I then gained higher qualifications. Recently I have focused on referee coaching where I have coached referees at local and state levels.