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Steve O’Malley -
Met­ro­pol­i­tan Fire Brigade

Exec­u­tive Summary

For more than a decade, I have been direct­ly involved in ini­tia­tives and inno­va­tion relat­ing to shap­ing a more equi­table and fair­er work­place and soci­ety in my capac­i­ty as an MFB Fire-fight­er. This advo­ca­cy and agency has also been a dri­ver in my per­son­al life and I feel that the com­bi­na­tion of pro­fes­sion­al acu­men and per­son­al pas­sion and enthu­si­asm has estab­lished me as a leader in equi­ty and inclu­sion prac­tice in the Emer­gency Man­age­ment Sec­tor. The goal or pur­pose of my activ­i­ty has been and still remains, the elim­i­na­tion of gen­der based vio­lence through gen­der equi­ty. The objec­tive, by which I hope to sus­tain my goal’s jour­ney, is through the con­tin­u­a­tion of val­ued part­ner­ships both with­in and out­side the emer­gency man­age­ment sec­tor.
Below is a sum­ma­ry of work under­tak­en by me util­is­ing the net­works and part­ner­ships I have estab­lished in my cur­rent role, relat­ing to gen­der equi­ty and inclu­sion in accor­dance with MFB’s vision of safer more resilient communities’.

I am cur­rent­ly employed by the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Fire Brigade (MFB) as the Mul­ti­cul­tur­al Liai­son Offi­cer (MLO) in Cen­tral Dis­trict.
The role of the MLO includes the pro­vi­sion of advice and assis­tance on the imple­men­ta­tion and mon­i­tor­ing of poli­cies and pro­ce­dures for diverse com­mu­ni­ties. Diverse com­mu­ni­ties include mul­ti­cul­tur­al, lin­guis­tic, Abo­rig­i­nal, the aged, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and women’s groups, with­in the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Dis­trict.
The MLO man­ages the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of diver­si­ty relat­ed projects and train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties with­in the MFB. The MLO pro­vides advice, infor­ma­tion and feed­back to Oper­a­tional Com­mand on iden­ti­fied and emerg­ing risks with­in diverse com­mu­ni­ties and man­age and coor­di­nate the deliv­ery of com­mu­ni­ty resilience strate­gies in accor­dance with the MFB’s busi­ness plans.
Most impor­tant­ly, the MLO devel­ops and main­tain links, part­ner­ships and net­works with appro­pri­ate exter­nal bod­ies and author­i­ties. These part­ner­ships must include, but are not lim­it­ed to non-Gov­ern­ment, social ser­vice and the not for prof­it sec­tor ser­vice providers.
The suc­cess of the MLO pro­gram since its incep­tion in 2007 is illus­tra­tive by the fact that Melbourne’s CALD and new­ly arrived com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers are safer now than they were pri­or to MFB engage­ment, and there is noth­ing to sug­gest that this will not con­tin­ue into the future with con­cert­ed pre­ven­tion and pre­pared­ness activ­i­ties.
My activ­i­ties in rais­ing aware­ness of gen­dered vio­lence have a direct cor­re­la­tion with MFB’s work in the mit­i­ga­tion of the risk of injury and death as a result of fire in our most vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties, where pre­ven­tion’ is the key.

Resume: Stephen O’Malley AFSM
Activ­i­ty sum­ma­ry and cur­rent posi­tions held
Fam­i­ly Vio­lence and Equal Oppor­tu­ni­ty Work­place Con­tact Offi­cer with the MFB
2014 Chief Officer’s Schol­ar­ship, inves­ti­gat­ing, eval­u­at­ing, research­ing and report­ing on vio­lence against women pre­ven­tion strate­gies in Fire, Police and Ambu­lance ser­vices through­out the UK.

Gen­der and Dis­as­ter Task­force estab­lished by Emer­gency Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria
Estab­lished by the Emer­gency Man­age­ment Com­mis­sion­er to bring a gen­der focus to dis­as­ter pol­i­cy, plan­ning, train­ing and prac­tice, in order to improve the sup­port that men and women receive before and after dis­as­ters, mit­i­gate risks to men’s and women’s health and well­be­ing post-dis­as­ter, and build aware­ness of the need for atten­tion for gen­der in dis­as­ter plan­ning and com­mu­ni­ty recov­ery.
What About the Men? Men’s Advi­so­ry group estab­lished. This net­work was estab­lished to con­tin­ue the con­ver­sa­tion direct­ly relat­ing to the research post Black Sat­ur­day
White Rib­bon Foun­da­tion
Advi­sor, Nation­al White Rib­bon Aus­tralia Ambas­sador Ref­er­ence Group
Emer­gency ser­vices rep­re­sen­ta­tive on stake­hold­er con­sul­ta­tion for Vic­to­ri­an White Rib­bon Ambas­sador e-learn­ing Project to fur­ther the Ambas­sadors under­stand­ing of the caus­es, types, preva­lence and impact of men’s vio­lence against women. http://​www​.whi​terib​bon​.org​.au/… rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the Nation­al White Rib­bon Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islander fam­i­ly vio­lence’ ref­er­ence group
MFB rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the Nation­al White Rib­bon Cul­tur­al­ly and Lin­guis­ti­cal­ly Diverse fam­i­ly vio­lence’ ref­er­ence group

Women and Fire-fight­ing Aus­trala­sia
Board Mem­ber of Women and Fire­fight­ing Aus­trala­sia (WAFA), 2013 — 2017
Life Mem­ber of Women and Fire­fight­ing Aus­trala­sia, 2016
Emer­gency Man­age­ment Con­fer­ence (EMC)
Diver­si­ty Stream coor­di­na­tion, 20010 2017
Claire Zara Memo­r­i­al Ora­tion coor­di­na­tion, 2015 — 2017
Vic Health
Acknowl­edged as a mem­ber of the Vic Health work­ing par­ty to devel­op and facil­i­tate a 2 day short course to Pre­vent Vio­lence Against Women (PVAW)

AFAC Diver­si­ty Work­ing Group
Diver­si­ty and Inclu­sion dis­cus­sion paper’
http://​www​.afac​.com​.au/​a​u​xilia… Com­mis­sion into Fam­i­ly Vio­lence Com­mu­ni­ty Con­sul­ta­tion
Rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the com­mu­ni­ty con­sul­ta­tion held in the City of Mel­bourne.
Request for MFB rep­re­sen­ta­tion at round table’ dis­cus­sion into Emer­gency Ser­vice response to fam­i­ly vio­lence to hear MFB per­spec­tive on the issue of Vio­lence Against Women as part of this his­toric and unique occur­rence.
State­ment to RCVF by LFF Steve O’Malley AFSM
https://​www​.rcfv​.com​.au/​M​ediaL… Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Diver­si­ty and Inclu­sion Sym­po­sium, Octo­ber 2017
Pre­sen­ta­tion on Gen­der and Emer­gency Man­age­ment
Address­ing Fam­i­ly Vio­lence in Emer­gen­cies Project Tas­ma­nia, Novem­ber 2018 and Tas­ma­nia Fire Ser­vice Emer­gency Man­age­ment Con­fer­ence 2017
Train­ing in Tas­ma­nia to Fire, Police, SES and Ambu­lance front line respon­ders for the Gad Pod with Women’s Health in the North on behalf of Women’s Health Tas­ma­nia 
Depart­ment of Pre­mier and Cab­i­net LGBTI Project advi­so­ry group
Iden­ti­fy­ing the expe­ri­ences and needs of LGBTI com­mu­ni­ties before, dur­ing and after emer­gen­cies in Vic­to­ria
Diver­si­ty in Dis­as­ter con­fer­ence, April 2018
Organ­is­ing com­mit­tee
DHS Office of Women’s Pol­i­cy
Emer­gency ser­vices rep­re­sen­ta­tive on pro­to­type DHS Com­mon Risk Assess­ment Frame­work CRAF e-learn­ing mod­ule on fam­i­ly vio­lence risk iden­ti­fi­ca­tion’ train­ing 
http://www.thelookout.org.au//… and Arti­cles
Asia Pacif­ic Fire mag­a­zine arti­cle in capac­i­ty as WAFA Board mem­ber.
http://​apf​mag​.mdm​pub​lish​ing​.co… Jour­nal of Emer­gency Man­age­ment — Victoria’s gen­der and dis­as­ter task­force a ret­ro­spec­tive analy­sis” (to be pub­lished)
The White Rib­bon Cam­paign and Emer­gency Man­age­ment Aus­tralian Insti­tute of Emer­gency Ser­vices jour­nal (to be published)