It is with regret that I advise you all of my resignation as Executive Officer of the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association.
When I commenced with the Association as Office Administrator in April 2009, I could not have imagined the journey I would take over the next ten years – I certainly never considered that I would spend three years as the Executive Officer, representing the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, its Brigades and more importantly the amazing volunteers who make up the Service. I have sincerely tried to represent you all to the very best of my ability (whilst hoping that my best was enough) to ensure that you are appropriately trained, equipped and protected – both in an operational and legislative sense.
My time with the Association has also seen significant change – the creation of DFES and three significant major incident reviews (two by Mr Keelty and the other by Mr Ferguson) being the most obvious. The challenges we have faced since the release of the Ferguson Review have been both operational and in a sense spiritual – and the survival of the VFRS as a Service will rely on the strong will of all who are members.
At this stage, my final date is a little up in the air and will depend on when the individual chosen to replace me can commence. I do not have another role to move into and thus will be providing a handover of up to four weeks. We will advertise next week (via Seek, our website and our Facebook page), so if you know of anybody you feel would make a great Executive Officer, please let them know to keep a look out.
I have made met some outstanding people (also some weird, but wonderful ones as well as some simply weird ones), made what I hope will be lifelong friendships and enjoyed almost every minute of my time in the Association.
I look forward to seeing as many of you at the WA FES Conference (6 to 8 September) as I can; and I will advise my finishing date as soon as it is known.
Thank you for your support over the past ten years, it has been greatly appreciated and I will miss you.