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MFB Firefighter and leader in structural fire safety receives Australia Day Honours

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26 Jan 2017
MFB Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer Adam Dalrymple 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 Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer Adam Dalrymple is as follows:


Mr Dalrymple is a proven leader in the strategic built environment discipline at local, state and national levels. In a career spanning four decades he has shown an ability to integrate fire brigade objectives with those of other stakeholders to achieve positive results.  He has dedicated 17 years' service to the technical field of Structural Fire Safety.

He has an acute awareness of the culture of the Emergency Services Sector and how that interfaces in relationships with industry and its associations and has repeatedly shown his capacity to utilise that understanding in ensuring positive outcomes in relation to structural fire safety. He is a recognised expert in his field and utilises that knowledge to advance both firefighter and community safety.

Over the past two years he has led the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) policy response following the Lacrosse fire in the Docklands precinct. Following the Lacrosse fire there were significant fire safety issues identified. He has led the development of an extensive, well-reasoned and authoritative prescription for change to the regulatory environment. This provided a series of sound solutions that would ensure safety for the broader community and firefighters alike and has attracted widespread support and comment. 

He was directly responsible for the MFB submissions to both the Senate Economic Reference Committee inquiry into non-conforming building products and the Senate Legal and Constitutional affairs committee inquiry into the use of smoke alarms.

He has had a leading national role in the built environment space, working with both the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE), with whom he is a current Board member and National Vic-President, and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC). He was the lead AFAC representative on Australian Standard 4825 -2011 Tunnel Fire Safety for a critical 12 month period during the development of the new standard.

Due to his expertise in tunnel fire safety he held the key Victorian emergency services strategic role for the development of Melbourne's Eastlink tunnel and also led the development of the fire safety strategies for the East-West Road tunnel project and Melbourne Metro Rail tunnel.

Mr Dalrymple has also had major input into the development of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service's “Series Seven Guidelines” for the fire safety of the Department's residential properties.



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