Deputy Commissioner Emergency Volunteers

Friday, 6 Jun 2014

The Rural Fire Service Queensland and State Emergency Services will be led by Acting Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Volunteers, Bryan Cifuentes commencing 16th June 2014.

The RFBAQ welcomes the appointment and believes that Bryan has an excellent knowledge of the challenges that face the varied classes of Rural Fire Brigades from I-Zone through to Primary Produce Brigades.

The RFBAQ undertake to support and pro-actively work with Bryan and his leadership team, the State Government, Minister Dempsey and Assistant Minister Malone in re-structuring the RFSQ into an organisation that supports the 35,000 volunteer fire fighters who defend 93% of Queensland.

Bryan was a member of the Malone Review Team which widely travelled across Queensland consulting and engaging with volunteers and brigades. He also provided support and guidance to Ted Malone MP (Assistant Minister for Emergency Volunteers) in writing the Malone Review into the Rural Fire Service Queensland. Click here to link to Malone Review.

Bryan was the lead officer on the Malone Review Implementation Team and is best placed to ensure that all Malone Recommendations are implemented in a way that best supports the Brigades and the communities that they defend.

Commencing as a forest manager in 1971, Bryan joined the Rural Fire Service as an Inspector in 1990.

Two of the greatest challenges faced previously by Rural Fire Brigades in Queensland was a lack of strategic leadership and inconsistency and ambiguity of who is in Command and Control of Rural Fire operations.

Going into what will be a very dangerous bushfire season due to the triple threats of drought, a hotter than average winter and the forecast of an El Nino weather pattern commencing in July or August, the need for strong leadership and Rural Fire Command and Control is critical to the safety of Rural Fire Brigade volunteers and the communities that they defend across Queensland.

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