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Corio SSO - prestigious AFAC award
CFA Senior Station Officer Geoff Brown of the Corio Fire Brigade has been awarded the prestigious 2013 Laurie Lavelle Award. Geoff was presented with the award at the 2013 AFAC Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Laurie Lavelle Award recognises the efforts of an individual who has undertaken a role within an AFAC member agency that has contributed significantly to enhancing the knowledge, skills, operations, performance or public profile within the emergency services sector in Australasia.
The award was made to Geoff for his exceptional leadership and management skills and to recognise his initiative and vision shown in working with the challenges associated with the community he strives to protect.
He is a joint winner of this year’s award and shares it with Superintendent Greg Reynolds, School of Fire and Rescue Training of Queensland.
The citation for the award to Geoff Brown states that, under his leadership, Geoff and his team developed a strategy and objectives intended to reverse social disintegration within some groups in the local community.
The two most significant and potentially damaged components of Corio’s community were identified as youth and people of a refugee background. Through Geoff’s initiatives, many committees and partnerships have been set up within the Corio/Norlane area.
The program that Geoff leads aims to develop an understanding of education and identify employment opportunities and pathways. The award notes that Geoff and his team build confidence; self-knowledge and practical skills that help others discover new opportunities and networks in the wider community.
Participation in various community committees has enabled CFA to raise a profile and engage with a diverse range of agencies and organisations. This level of engagement has furthered CFA’s networks, CFA’s capacity and results in greater effectiveness.
The 2013 AFAC Conference was held last week in Melbourne with 1700 delegates attending from around Australia and overseas.