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Commencement of MFB's new Chief Officer/Chief Executive Officer

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01 Jun 2018
MFB’s new Chief Officer/Chief Executive Officer has started work this week.

Dan Stephens arrived in Australia on Thursday 24 May and officially commenced in the role on Monday.
The appointment follows an extensive international search for the best person to lead MFB into the future.
Chief Officer Stephens brings to MFB a wealth of experience in fire and emergency services.
Most recently he led the UK’s Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), serving as Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Officer for more than six years before making the move to Melbourne.
He joined Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) in 1990 as a 22-year-old recruit firefighter after serving in the Parachute Regiment. He then spent the best part of 15 years as a Firefighter and Watch (Station) Officer before moving on to senior management. 
CO Stephens said he was delighted to be taking the helm at MFB.
“I consider it an absolute privilege to serve as MFB’s Chief Officer/Chief Executive Officer,” he said.
“I’m first and foremost a firefighter and I know what it takes to build a truly great fire and rescue service.
“In addition to my skills and experience, I also bring a fresh pair of eyes and a new perspective to MFB.
“As the sun sets on my first week I want to thank my MFB colleagues and the Melbourne community for making me feel so welcome and at home.
“I’m excited to be here and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in brigade life and leading this proud organisation.”
MFB Board President Jasmine Doak congratulated Chief Officer/CEO Stephens on his appointment.
“I’m thrilled that MFB has been able to secure the services of a world class leader for our world class organisation,” Ms Doak said. 
“I look forward to working with Dan, the MFB Board, leadership team and our employees as we continue to support the Victorian community.”

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