- Commissioner Gregson farewelled at Transfer of Command ceremony
- Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan acknowledged the Commissioner’s role in establishing the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and numerous other achievements
- DFES Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm will officially start as the new Commissioner on Monday, September 18
Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan today farewelled and thanked retiring Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson on his outstanding service to the people of Western Australia.
At a Transfer of Command ceremony held at the DFES Training Academy in Forrestfield, the Minister said Mr Gregson was to be commended for his role in transforming the Fire and Emergency Services Authority into a government department.
Mr Gregson joined FESA in 2011 as the chief executive officer after spending 31 years with WA Police where he rose to the rank of Assistant Commissioner.
Mr Logan told assembled dignitaries, including former government ministers that worked with the Commissioner, that Mr Gregson had transformed FESA into a professional and future-focused organisation.
Under Mr Gregson’s tenure there were many achievements including:
- A state-of-the-art emergency services headquarters at Cockburn Central;
- Improving the State’s bushfire risk mitigation strategies;
- Focusing on the use of technology to save lives and improve the State’s emergency services capabilities;
- Enhancing training for career and emergency services volunteers; and
- Helping eligible firefighters access compensation for certain cancers.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan:
“Retiring Commissioner Wayne Gregson deserves high praise for not only establishing the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, but for what the department has become today.
“It is a high-tech organisation that has improved mitigation strategies, training, equipment, aerial firefighting capabilities and brought volunteer organisations together.
“Mr Gregson was tasked with a very difficult challenge in the aftermath of the 2011 Perth Hills Inquiry to not only create a department, but change internal cultures and move the department into the forward-thinking organisation it has become.
“This State will be well serviced into the future in its emergency response capabilities thanks to Mr Gregson, and his team’s, tremendous efforts.
“On behalf of the McGowan Labor Government, and the community of Western Australia, I would like to offer our congratulations and best wishes to Mr Gregson on all his achievements and his retirement.”