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Peter Rau appointed Chief Officer

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30 May 2014
Today, the Board of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) announced the appointment of Mr Peter Rau to the position of Chief Officer.

Mr Rau, who has been MFB’s Acting Chief Officer since December 2013, brings over 30 years of experience in fire and emergency management with Victoria’s Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the MFB.

Mr Rau’s appointment follows an extensive search and selection process involving the MFB Board, CEO Mr Jim Higgins and the Emergency Management Commissioner designate Mr Craig Lapsley.

Through the 2013/14 fire season that included the large-scale Hazelwood mine fire, Mr Rau led the operations of the MFB and played a significant sector leadership role in an expanded level of collaboration across the emergency management sector.

“Peter Rau has a strong record of achievement in fire services and emergency management that gives him the critical knowledge and operational experience to lead the operations of MFB as we further our all-hazards, all agencies approach to emergency management in Victoria,” said Deputy President Mr Ken King. “His leadership experience within both the CFA and MFB gives him a breadth of experience that will stand him in good stead as Chief Officer.

“I congratulate him on his appointment to this vital role for both the MFB and the wider Victorian emergency management sector.”

Mr Rau joined the Country Fire Authority as a recruit in 1983, where he moved through the ranks to Deputy Chief Officer and Director of Operations Support before joining MFB’s executive leadership team in 2008.

Mr Rau will take up his appointment effective immediately.

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