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Board Member

Cather­ine Jol­ly -
Tas­ma­nia Fire Service

Cather­ine joined the Tas­ma­nia Fire ser­vice as a junior mem­ber in 1997 fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of her father. She is cur­rent­ly an offi­cer in a vol­un­teer brigade in the south of the State with respon­si­bil­i­ty for the strate­gic train­ing plan and oth­er admin­is­tra­tive duties on top of her active urban and rur­al oper­a­tional role. Recent­ly she has also a com­menced as a vol­un­teer train­ing instruc­tor, enjoy­ing the chal­lenge of shar­ing skills and knowl­edge with new mem­bers from across the South­ern Region.

Cather­ine is pas­sion­ate about increas­ing the diver­si­ty across the emer­gency ser­vices sec­tor to improve resilience in the future and also has inter­ests in impacts of weath­er and cli­mate on nat­ur­al dis­as­ters, warn­ings frame­works and safe­ty. She has par­tic­i­pat­ed in the eval­u­a­tion of fire spread mod­el used in Aus­tralia (a joint two year col­lab­o­ra­tive project with the Bureau of Mete­o­rol­o­gy, AFAC and NSW RFS) and is train­ing in fire behav­iour analysis.

Out­side of her vol­un­teer com­mit­ments with the Tas­ma­nia Fire Ser­vice, Cather­ine is a qual­i­fied civ­il engi­neer, with expe­ri­ence in local gov­ern­ment engi­neer­ing, hydraulics, hydrol­o­gy, water resource man­age­ment and flood fore­cast­ing. She is cur­rent­ly employed by the Bureau of Mete­o­rol­o­gy where she has been has been an oper­a­tional Flood Fore­cast­er, issu­ing warn­ings and work­ing with the emer­gency man­age­ment sec­tor and has also con­tributed to a num­ber of oth­er water-relat­ed projects over the years. In between work and vol­un­teer com­mit­ments she enjoys gar­den­ing, sail­ing, play­ing music with friends and bushwalking.