The State Government has appointed Wayne Gregson, currently an assistant commissioner for WA Police, to the role of chief executive officer of Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) for a period of 12 months.
Premier Colin Barnett said Mr Gregson was a well respected police officer who first joined WA Police as a cadet in 1979 and been assistant commissioner for the past seven years.
“The appointment of Mr Gregson as the new CEO reaffirms our commitment to implementing the recommendations from the Perth Hills Bushfire Review,” Mr Barnett said.
“Mr Gregson has the skills and experience to prepare the State for the bushfire season, to implement the Perth Hills Bushfire Review recommendations and most importantly, work with all stakeholders in emergency management to prepare and eventually respond for any disaster which occurs.”
Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson said Mr Gregson was well known for taking a proactive response to his role at WA Police.
“I look forward to working with him as we continue to reform Emergency Management and Response,” Mr Johnson said.
The Premier said the State Government had moved on one of the key recommendations of the review, which was undertaken by former Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty, with approval to draft legislation to restructure FESA to become a Government department.
“An assessment will be undertaken of an appropriate role and structure of the department and the FESA board will be disbanded,” Mr Barnett said.
“The new position of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner will also be created and have command and control capabilities akin to a police commissioner. This appointment will be a uniformed officer reporting directly to the Emergency Services Minister.”
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