CAVFA Executive elected for 2015-2017 term

The Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) that represents more than 250,000 volunteer fire fighters and operational support volunteers across the nation recently elected and announced its Executive for the 2015-2017 term.

The elections saw the appointment of Roger Flavell from South Australia as Chairperson and Director of the Association, the re-appointment of Hans van Hamond from Victoria as Director and the appointment of Andrew Taylor from Tasmania as a fellow Director.

Additional Executive members appointed are Bruce Corbett from the Tasmanian Retained Volunteer Firefighters Association (TRVFA) as the Association's Secretary and Bernard Cox from the NSW Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA) as Treasurer.

CAVFA's Directors and member Associations are focussed on fostering and representing the interests of volunteer fire fighters throughout Australia. With well over 100 years of service amongst the Directors alone, the voice of Australia's volunteer fire fighters is well represented with expertise, experience and dedication.

Roger Flavell - Chairperson and Director

Roger, from the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia has been a volunteer with South Australia's Country Fire Service for more than 35 years and has held the position of Brigade Captain, Lenswood and Forest Range Brigade and was the Deputy Group Officer of the Onkaparinga group for 10 years. Roger was the President of the Mount Lofty Branch of the South Australian Country Fire Service Volunteers Association (CFSVA) before being elected as the State Vice President and subsequently the President of the CFSVA.

In addition to his CAVFA role, Mr Flavell is currently the Vice President of the CFSVA and on the Board of the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM).

Contact: 0499 995 311.

Hans van Hamond AFSM - Director

Hans van Hamond joined the Creswick Brigade of the Victoria's Country Fire Authority (CFA) in 1967. He later transferred to the Wendouree Brigade, where he served as Secretary, Captain and later Treasurer. He has worked at Group level, and served on the committee of the Ballarat Urban Fire Brigade's Championships, and as State President of the Victorian Urban Fire Brigades' Association (VUFBA).

Mr van Hamond is currently the President of Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria.

Contact: 0407 505 877.

Andrew Taylor AFSM - Director

Andrew became a member of the Tasmania Fire Service as a volunteer in 1983 and became a leading fire fighter in 1995 and the Brigade Chief of George Town in the north of the state in 1999.

In 2000, Andrew became the State Secretary of the Tasmanian Retained Volunteer Firefighters Association (TRVFA). He is an active representative of the TRVFA on numerous committees and has been the Association's State President since 2001. He is also a proud life member of his brigade.

Contact: 0418 134 445.

Bruce Corbett AFSM - Company Secretary

Bruce joined the Wynyard Fire Brigade in Tasmania in 1977 and has held various positions including Brigade Chief since 1991 and Group Officer from 1999-2006. Mr Corbett has been a representative on the Tasmanian State Fire Commission since 2006. He is the President of the North-West Branch of the Tasmanian Retained Volunteer Firefighters Association (TRVFA) and is a proud Life Member of both his brigade and the TRVFA.

This is Bruce's second term second as CAVFA Secretary.

Contact: 0417 872 427.

Bernard Cox - Company Treasurer

Bernard joined the NSW Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA), the representative body for the 72,000 plus members of the NSW RFS in 2010. He has focussed successfully on establishing stability and growth for the Association. Mr Cox is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) with experience in both NFP and commercial organisations and holds a Bachelor of Business and an Associate Diploma in Accounting.

This will be Bernard's second term as CAVFA Treasurer.

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The Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) is an alliance of 11 volunteer fire brigade associations within Australia. The Council was established to give volunteer fire-fighters a united voice in representations with government and key stakeholders.

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