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Chief Officer Euan Ferguson - announces his intention to step down.
On behalf of the CFA Board and the Executive leadership Team, we advise all members that Euan Ferguson has given notice that that he will not seek reappointment when his term expires in November this year.
Euan says the timing of his decision is now right for both himself and his wife Kristin to pursue new interests.
On behalf of the Board and the Executive Leadership Team we congratulate Euan on his exemplary service as Chief Officer of CFA over the past four and a half years.
Euan was appointed to the role following 10 years as Chief Officer for the South Australian Country Fire Service. He also served as President and Chair of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authority (AFAC)
Euan joined CFA in 1993 after a very successful career in fire and emergency management that first began with the Victorian Forests Commission in Gippsland.
He took over as CFA’s Chief Officer in late 2010 and brought to our organisation a new approach to the role that was required in the wake of the devastating 2009 fires and the subsequent Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
As leader of CFA’s operational members, Euan has done an outstanding job. During his time as Chief, Euan has injected an enormous degree of both energy and commitment to this very demanding role. This has included the introduction of important fire management reforms to CFA which have had a profound effect and set the foundations for a better CFA in the future.
We particularly draw attention to Euan’s dedication to the Chief Officer position. He has actively and consistently spent an enormous period of his personal time to engage directly with many CFA members across the State. This has ensured that his decision making has been based on first hand consultation and feedback from the field.
Whilst a change in senior management is always challenging we will use the next six months while Euan is with us to achieve a smooth transition to a new Chief Officer.
We ask you to join us in thanking Euan for his wonderful service to CFA and wish him the very best in his future endeavours.
Chair - Claire Higgins
CEO - Michael Wootten