Death of a member: Garry Mallen, Portland brigade

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Today, we mourn the loss of one of our own, Portland Brigade member and former Captain Garry Mallen who passed away this morning while attending a shed fire incident in Portland.


The long serving member collapsed at the scene, with his brigade colleagues, along with Fire Rescue Victoria and Ambulance Victoria administering CPR. Garry was unable to be revived.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the member’s family, friends and colleagues at the Portland Brigade – the CFA family grieves with them today.

Family, brigade members, as well as the many CFA members who knew Garry through his 39 years of service to our organisation, are being supported by our wellbeing team. We know that the thoughts of all CFA members are with them today.

Garry, who was 66, joined CFA in 1972 as a junior member of the Portland Brigade. He relocated to the Narrawong Brigade in 1998 and rejoined the Portland Brigade again in 2005.

Over the years Garry has held many positions including Portland Brigade Captain from 2010 to 2016, 2nd Lieutenant in 1994 and his most recent role as 4th Lieutenant.

Garry was an active member of the brigade taking on the apparatus officer role, the 6th Deputy Group Officer in the Heywood Group and also played a role as the district planning committee delegate.  

Garry is survived by his wife Glenda, his mother Marion, daughter Katie, son Justin and many grandchildren.

Those who knew him and worked alongside him speak of his leadership, experience and most importantly his support and willingness to mentor others through their own leadership journey. 

Our hearts are heavy today as we acknowledge Garry’s service supporting and protecting his community for over 30 years.


Submitted by CFA media