Three new senior fire officers welcomed to western region

Published: 16th June 2011

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Superintendent Greg Lewis, Zone Commander of a region covering a large part of western NSW, has congratulated three fire officers who have been selected to take up important leadership and managerial roles.

“FRNSW has established a second Duty Commander position for our zone, Regional West One, which will increase the command capability for our large regional area,” Superintendent Lewis said.

Based in Dubbo, the zone stretches from Gilgandra to Lightning Ridge, and from Bourke to Parkes. It includes the towns of Wellington, Dunedoo, Coolah, Walgett, Brewarrina, Cobar, Coonamble, Warren, Trangie, Narromine, Nyngan, Peak Hill, and Delroy.

“I am very pleased to announce that Inspector Mark McGuire will take up this important new role,” Superintendent Lewis said.

“Inspector McGuire brings with him extensive command experience and specialist hazmat expertise, which will be a great benefit to the zone. He is moving from Sydney to take up the Duty Commander position and our whole team is pleased to welcome him on board.”

Superintendent Lewis also announced the appointment of two new Station Officers to the Dubbo Fire Station. The Station Officers are the commanders responsible for the station and its crews while on duty.

“Station Officers Mick Medlin and Nick Beattie have both moved from positions in Sydney to work in regional NSW,” Superintendent Lewis said.

“They bring with them many years of experience in all aspects of urban firefighting as well specialist knowledge in rescue and bushfire fighting. Both Station Officers Medlin and Beattie are keen to work with the local community to continue to improve fire safety awareness in Dubbo.

“Our Zone Management Team welcomes these new officers and is very pleased to have a full complement of command officers in position.”