WA farewells the steward of its fire and emergency reforms

The Western Australian government has farewelled one fire and emergency services commissioner, who bedded down major administrative reforms over the past five years, and welcomed another in a transfer of command ceremony last week.

Darren Klemm was promoted from assistant commissioner to the top job in the Department of Fire and Emergency Services after the retirement of Wayne Gregson, who was credited with transforming the former fire and emergency authority into a “professional and future-focused organisation” by leading both cultural and technological change.

This was “a tremendous challenge and one that he rose to with great acclaim” according to the 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,” Logan said at the ceremony.

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