Shepparton's Alan Davies has retired from his position as Country Fire Authority's Hume regional director.ESTELLE GRIEPINK July 16, 2014 3:08am
Alan Davies says the most rewarding part of his 46-year career with the Country Fire Authority has been developing the organisation’s new members.
The Shepparton resident retired from his role as Hume regional director this month.
‘‘I’ve got a lot of satisfaction seeing someone in the team who has started out and we’ve taken them through the journey,’’ Mr Davies said.
‘‘Growing people to become strong and competent people, and working with the staff and volunteers, has been terrific.’’
Mr Davies grew up in Dandenong and joined the CFA as a volunteer when he was 17. He followed in the footsteps of his father, who also clocked up more than 40 years of CFA service.
After six years of volunteering he joined the staff and worked across Victoria, including as an instructor at the CFA training college.
In 1986, Mr Davies moved to Shepparton, where for the past 15 years he has served as regional director.
The role saw him being responsible for the area from Kinglake and Wallan up to Barham and Corryong.
He worked with 240 fire brigades, 120 staff and about 10
He was also involved in a number of Bushfire Royal Commissions, including the Ash Wednesday and Black Saturday fires.
Mr Davies said he had enjoyed his time at the CFA because there had never been a dull moment.
‘‘I never have to worry, ‘What am I doing today,’ because there’s always new challenges and new experiences,’’ Mr Davies said.
‘‘We deal in uncertainty and it makes you think in an agile and flexible way, which is good because there’s no one way you can deal with an emergency.’’
Mr Davies said he was happy with his decision to retire, but said he would miss the team environment.
‘‘I’ve had a fantastic career, it’s almost been a lifetime,’’ he said.
Mr Davies will continue with the CFA as a volunteer, where he will focus on mentoring the younger recruits.
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