The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Corporate Leadership Team (CLT) is comprised of the following members:
Commissioner Darren Klemm
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 Stephen Fewster BA(Mil), MSc
Deputy Commissioner Fewster has worked in both the State and Commonwealth Public Service for the past 37 years.
His roles include senior positions with the Departments of Defence, Justice, Attorney General and Premier and Cabinet. He has also held senior management positions with FESA in the State Emergency Service and Fire Services.
Ms Sue Paterson
Executive Director, Governance and Strategy Command
Ms Paterson has more than 30 years experience in the public sector, with a long history in risk management, service delivery, performance measurement and evaluation, policy and legislation. Most recently she worked for over eight years as a performance auditor in the Office of the Auditor General, leading audits on the effectiveness and efficiency of agency programs and functions, including in emergency management. She has also worked in New Zealand, London and regional WA, and has a BSc(Hons) as well as an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the Australian New Zealand School of Government.
In her current role at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Ms Paterson will oversee the directorates of Risk, Planning and Reporting; Legal and Legislative Services; the Strategic Program Office and Professional Standards.
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.