New Chief Fire Officer For CFA

15 October 2015

Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett has today announced the appointment of new CFA Chief Officer, Joe Buffone.

Mr Buffone has extensive experience in the fire services and has held senior roles at both CFA and Emergency Management Victoria (EMV).

Mr Buffone is currently the Deputy Commissioner of Risk and Resilience for EMV. He has also been a Deputy Chief Officer with the CFA and a Deputy Emergency Services Commissioner for Victoria.

Mr Buffone led a number of strategic activities following the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 and the Victorian floods in 2010-2011.

He has also been an active CFA volunteer for more than 15 years and is a Level 3 Incident Controller.

Mr Buffone holds a Masters in Business, Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management, Graduate Certificate in Management, and Diploma in Security Management. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The new Chief will start in November.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett

“It’s great to have Mr Buffone onboard as the new Chief Officer and I’m confident he and new CEO Lucinda Nolan will provide outstanding leadership for the CFA.”

“Mr Buffone is highly accomplished and experienced in the emergency management field. His knowledge and understanding of the CFA will be a great asset for the organisation.”

Quotes attributable to incoming CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone

“I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to lead CFA and I look forward to working with the new CEO Lucinda Nolan.”

“My priorities will be getting CFA and the community ready for the fire season and then focussing on shaping the future of the organisation.”

“The fire season is going to be long, hot and dry. CFA will be ready, but we need the community to be prepared too.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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