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.
- Australian Journal of Emergency Management — “Victoria’s gender and disaster taskforce – a retrospective analysis” https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-jul-2018-victoria-s-gender-and-disaster-taskforce-a-retrospective-analysis/
- The White Ribbon Campaign and Emergency Management – Australian Institute of Emergency Services journal