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Queens birthday honours for former DCO

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12 Jun 2017
Former MFB Deputy Chief Officer David Youssef has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal as part of the Queen’s Birthday 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 Deputy Chief Officer David Youssef is as follows:

Awarded for providing outstanding leadership and championing firefighter safety through the application of best practice standards and the enhancement of operational training and service delivery, particularly in the area of Hostile Acts.

Mr Youssef has demonstrated significant foresight in the area of preparing the Victorian Fire Services to deal with an unfolding mass casualty event, which was caused by a hostile act being committed in Victoria. This has been achieved by championing the need to change existing response protocols for all Victorian emergency response agencies, which resulted in a far greater collaborative approach being developed.

Mr Youssef’s leadership at a strategic level over many years has enabled the development of new systems specifically designed to enhance the safety of firefighters responding to emergency events. These include an Automatic Vehicle Location of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade fleet of Operational appliances as well as an electronic crew accountability system, which enables Command staff to know the crew details of every responding appliance in real time.

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