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Australia Day honours for MFB ACFO Ken Brown

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26 Jan 2016
MFB Assistant Chief Fire Officer Ken Brown has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal as part of the Australia Day honours.

The Australian Fire Service Medal recognises distinguished service by members of Australian fire services. It is awarded to paid and volunteer members.  It is awarded by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the responsible Commonwealth, state and territory ministers.

The full citation for Assistant Chief Fire Officer Ken Brown is as follows:

Mr Brown has 32 years’ experience in the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB). He is known for his strategic operational leadership skills which were vital in the support of the development and implementation of the Fire Service Enhancement Program.

As Assistant Chief Fire Officer, he has provided exceptional leadership to the MFB in two key areas, namely marine response and operational emergency incident management. His abilities are highly regarded and resulted in him undertaking an international secondment to the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre in Bangkok, Thailand to assist Asian colleagues with programs and procedures to effectively deal with disasters in the South-East Asian region.

He has also been a champion of the promotion and development framework for the welfare of people within the MFB. Mr Brown has implemented improvements in interoperability with other emergency services, and assisted junior officers with their personal development as incident managers.

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