Regional Fire Stations - Contact Details
About Northern Region
Northern Region extends along the coast from the Hinchinbrook Shire South to Bowen and west to the Northern Territory border, covering from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the South Australian border. While the population is concentrated on the East Coast, inland areas are populated by mining and agricultural communities.
The coastal areas of the Region are subjected to cyclones while inland areas are remote and are threatened by occasional major flooding.
Northern Region has 20 urban fire stations and an operational staff of 165 full-time and 215 auxiliary firefighters. Northern Region Headquarters, Fire Communications Centre and functional area managers are located in Townsville.
Assistant Commissioner, Northern Region
Ron demonstrates his passion and commitment to achieving excellence in community service delivery through his leadership in developing and encouraging individuals and teams to be innovative, resourceful and to reach their full potential.
On leaving school he completed an Electrical Mechanic apprenticeship in 1970 and in 1974 commenced service as a firefighter with the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) being promoted to Station officer in 1981. His family relocated to Townsville and Ron commenced service as a Station Officer with the Townsville Fire Brigade in 1990. He progressed through Manager Regional Training and Manager Strategic Development roles prior to his appointment as QFRA Commissioner - Northern Region in August 1997.
He believes in the benefits that effectiveness, cohesive and interdependent teams bring to the workplace is derived from his work experience, his academic development and the leadership experience he gained during his sporting career in which he Captained Australian, Victorian and Club Lacrosse Teams and represented Victoria in Surf Life Saving.
His philosophy on business is to seek continuous improvement and his personal style is primarily that of a mentor and coach. He believes that effective Public and Corporate Policy Development are essential to guide Executive Management. He believes that clarity of intent, effective communication and a preparedness to act is the secret to successfully achieving desired outcomes.
Ron has undertaken many personal and team projects and has a number of significant interests in furthering QFRS business outcomes including:
- Improving Northern Region’s communications capability.
- Acquiring strategic land sites to ensure future operational capability in NR.
- Implementing improved regional training and development infrastructure.
- Supporting the commercial service delivery contract between the QFRS and Xstrata.
- Implementing a new QFRS Recruit Station Officer Program.
- Building the Operations Support Command in NR to meet North Qld needs.
- Implementing the Floods Commission of Inquiry Recommendations in NR.
He has been awarded trade qualifications and Diplomas of Business Management and Front Line Management and completed a Public Sector Management Course (PSMC) and highly recommends personal and professional development as a lifetime interest. Ron is a past member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Public Administration Australia.