Following the integration of career and volunteer firefighters at the station in 2002, the position of Captain did not form part of the volunteer rank structure.
However, as fire services reform came into effect last Wednesday, 1 July, the position of Captain was necessary to make up the volunteer leadership structure and Craig was successfully elected. *This election took place prior to COVID-19 impacts
Craig was whisked into CFA life by his family at 16 in East Gippsland, notably part of the Bairnsdale Fire Brigade for many years before he relocated to Melbourne and joined Caroline Springs around six years ago.
Craig said it was a “unique feeling to be named the first Captain of the brigade in almost two decades”.
“I’m privileged and overwhelmed with the title and I hope to be a good custodian of the red helmet,” he said. “I hope to lead this brigade well and eventually pass it to someone who can take on the brigade in a stronger position,” he said.
He said he wants to continue to pass on the valuable experience he’d gained through CFA over the past 20 years in his new leadership role.
“CFA has made me the person I am today; the people who I have met along the journey have shaped me into who I am,” Craig said.
“There’s no point holding on to the experience I’ve gained, it would be wasted if I didn’t pass it on to the younger members of the brigade. I hope they get the opportunity to pass on their experience in time as well. If I can help other members coming up the ranks then that would be a success for me.”