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.