About Us

Board Member

Steve O’Mal­ley — 
Mel­bourne Fire Brigade

Steve O’Malley AFSM is a Lead­ing Fire­fight­er with the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Fire Brigade (MFB) ful­fill­ing the cur­rent role of Fire­fight­er — Diver­si­ty and Inclusion.

Steve has been an oper­a­tional Fire­fight­er for more than 31 years and is a grad­u­ate in the study of Human Rights. 

As well as ful­fill­ing his cur­rent role Steve is also:

  • Board and Hon­orary Life mem­ber of Women and Fire­fight­ing Aus­trala­sia (WAFA)
  • Foun­da­tion mem­ber of the Emer­gency Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria Gen­der and Dis­as­ter’ taskforce
  • MFB Fam­i­ly Vio­lence & Equal Oppor­tu­ni­ty Con­tact Officer
  • Co-Coor­di­nates the Diver­si­ty Stream’ of the annu­al Emer­gency Man­age­ment Con­fer­ence in Melbourne
  • Train­er and Facil­i­ta­tor of the Gen­der and Dis­as­ter Pod’s Gen­dered Vio­lence and Lessons in Dis­as­ter train­ing package 
  • White Rib­bon Ambas­sador since 2007 and a for­mer mem­ber of the Nation­al Ambassador’s Ref­er­ence Group, White Rib­bon Indige­nous and Tor­res Strait Islander and Cul­tur­al­ly and Lin­guis­ti­cal­ly Diver­si­ty fam­i­ly vio­lence ref­er­ence groups

In 2005 he was award­ed the MFB’s Medal for Long and Good Ser­vice and the Nation­al Medal for Ser­vice. He received the Vic­to­ri­an Award for Excel­lence for Ser­vice to Victoria’s Mul­ti­cul­tur­al Com­mu­ni­ty in 2008, on Aus­tralia Day 2010 he became a recip­i­ent of the Aus­tralian Fire Ser­vice Medal (AFSM) and more recent­ly a recip­i­ent of the Nation­al Emer­gency Medal for sus­tained ser­vice dur­ing the 2009 Vic­to­ri­an Bush­fires. Steve was the recip­i­ent of the 2014 Chief Officer’s Schol­ar­ship, return­ing from a trip to inves­ti­gate the Fire Brigade’s role in the pri­ma­ry pre­ven­tion of vio­lence against women in the UK.

Steve’s activ­i­ties in rais­ing aware­ness of gen­dered vio­lence have a direct cor­re­la­tion with Emer­gency Ser­vices strate­gies in mit­i­gat­ing risk to the com­mu­ni­ty. He is often relied on to present on diver­si­ty and inclu­sion strate­gies with­in the emer­gency ser­vices sec­tor, and on var­i­ous gov­ern­ing bod­ies and work­ing groups.

My advo­ca­cy and agency has been a dri­ver in both my per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al life. I feel that the com­bi­na­tion of pro­fes­sion­al acu­men and per­son­al enthu­si­asm has estab­lished me as a leader in equi­ty and inclu­sion prac­tice in the Emer­gency Man­age­ment sector’.

My pur­pose has been, and still remains, the elim­i­na­tion of gen­der based vio­lence through gen­der equi­ty. This will only be achieved through the con­tin­u­a­tion of valu­able, inno­v­a­tive and strate­gic part­ner­ships both with­in and out­side the emer­gency man­age­ment sector’. 

Jour­nals and Articles

  • Asia Pacif­ic Fire mag­a­zine arti­cle in capac­i­ty as WAFA Board member.