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Death of former Chief Brian Potter

By: CFA News

Category: People

  9.29 AM 13 February, 2014

Location: General

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The CFA community is saddened by the death of former Chief Officer Brian Potter.

Brian joined CFA as a volunteer in 1958, and then as a staff member in 1964. He was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in 1981 for distinguished service.

Brian was appointed Chief Officer in June 1985, a position he held until his resignation in November 1991. He has left a lasting legacy to Victoria and wider with achievements including:

  • Overseeing the largest truck build program in then CFA history post the 1983 bushfires.
  • Travelling to Spain and providing expert advice to the Spanish fire authorities on the use of aircraft on bushfires.
  • Overseeing the issue of a fire fighting appliance to every fire brigade in the State. This was the first time this had ever occurred.

The implementation of the Australasian Inter-service Incident Management System across Australia.

Brian remained involved in CFA as a member of the Langwarrin Fire Brigade, and was recently awarded the National Medal, his 55-Year Service Award, and life membership of CFA.

CFA extends its deepest sympathy to Brian’s family and his fellow members of Langwarrin Fire Brigade.

CFA flags will fly at half-mast as a mark of respect.

Euan Ferguson AFSM
Chief Officer

Last Updated: 14 February 2014