The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Corporate Leadership Team (CLT) is comprised of the following members:
Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner
Commissioner Darren Klemm has more than 27 years of experience in fire and emergency services, having served three years with the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service before joining the WA Fire Brigades Board in 1993.
Originally posted to Perth Fire Station, Commissioner Klemm served as a firefighter at various metropolitan fire stations. This was followed by time in Country Operations in the Goldfields Midlands, during which time he gained considerable experience in regional firefighting operations and worked closely with volunteers. He also spent time at the then FESA Training Centre.
Promoted to Assistant Commissioner in 2012, he successfully delivered and implemented a number of high level strategic reforms, including delivering key aspects of the DFES response to the Report of the Perth Hills Bushfire, as well as significant structural and cultural reform in the training and professional development of DFES personnel and volunteers.
Commissioner Klemm is a member of a number of national committees concerned with emergency management in Australia, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Management from the Australian Institute of Management.
Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey AFSM
Deputy Commissioner Bailey has more than 39 years experience in fire and emergency services, having commenced as a volunteer firefighter before joining the WA Fire Brigades Board in 1980 as a recruit.
He held a number of roles within FESA in both the metropolitan and country regions before it became the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, and was promoted to his current position in March 2012.
Deputy Commissioner Bailey holds a Diploma of Fire Engineering Management, Graduate Certificate in Applied Management from the Australian Institute of Police Management and a Graduate Business qualification from Curtin University.
Deputy Commissioner Mal Cronstedt AFSM
Strategy and Emergency Management Command
Deputy Commissioner Cronstedt has more than 41 years of experience in
fire and emergency services, having commenced as a volunteer in 1976 before
joining the WA Bush Fires Board full-time in 1982.
He progressed through the ranks in in a variety of operational and
support roles both in WA and NSW, gaining considerable experience in both rural
and urban environments, before becoming Chief Superintendent Country South when
DFES was created in 2012.
Appointed as the inaugural Director of the Office of Bushfire Risk
Management in August 2012, he went on to become the Executive Director of the
State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) Secretariat, which later became the
Office of Emergency Management.
Deputy Commissioner Cronstedt holds a Master of Business Administration
from Curtin University, a Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management from Swinburne
University and a Bachelor of Arts from Edith Cowan University. He is also a
graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institution of
Fire Engineers and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government's
Executive Fellows Program.
Mr Frank Pasquale, BCom
Executive Director, Corporate Services Command
Mr Pasquale has 24 years experience in the public sector, commencing at the Office of the Auditor General. In 1996 he joined the Bush Fires Board of Western Australia.
During his 18 years with fire and emergency services, Mr Pasquale has managed significant financial reform projects, in particular the challenging implementation of the Financial Management Information System and the Emergency Services Levy.
Assistant Commissioner Gary Gifford ESM
Assistant Commissioner Gifford has 37 years experience in the defence and emergency services industry.
He has been involved in emergency management at a national level for more than 11 years and in 2010 was awarded the Australian Emergency Services Medal.
Assistant Commissioner Brad Stringer
Assistant Commissioner Stringer has 24 years experience working in the fire and emergency services, having initially joined the WA Fire Brigades Board in 1989 as a recruit firefighter. He has served throughout the metropolitan region as a Firefighter, Station Officer, District Officer, Superintendent and Rural Operations Coordinator – North and South.
Assistant Commissioner Graham Swift BBA
Assistant Commissioner Swift has 34 years experience in the field of fire and emergency services, having commenced as a volunteer firefighter in 1980, before moving to the Bush Fires Board of WA as a Regional Training Officer in 1994.
Assistant Commissioner Swift holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Curtin University.
Assistant Commissioner Paul Ryan
Hazard Planning & Response
Assistant Commissioner Ryan has more than 29 years' experience in fire and emergency services, having initially joined as a volunteer firefighter. He began his career with the WA Fire Brigades Board in 1989 and has held senior operational and capability development roles across DFES commands.
Assistant Commissioner Ryan holds a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and an Advanced Diploma of Management.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Brad Delavale
A/Assistant Commissioner Delavale joined the WA Fire Brigades Board in 1992, and with a career in emergency services spanning 25 years he has served in all ranks up to his current role. He was also a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Fire Commander in Perth during 2011.
A/Assistant Commissioner Delavale is a certified Level 3 Incident Controller for urban and bushfire emergencies. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management, Advanced Diploma of Management, and a Diploma of Project Management.