DIRECTOR – JOHN MEALIA PROFILE

profileJohn is a highly focused and results-oriented professional with an impressive track record of achievement within an increasingly challenging and dynamic fire and emergency management sector.

John’s professional expertise and experience covering risk, emergency management and community safety spans over 30 years as a professional with the CFA, Fire Service Commissioner and Emergency Management Victoria.

SKILLS

SKILLS

  • Highly developed leadership, planning and communication capabilities within a complex risk and emergency management environment.
  • Highly regarded within Government for his risk and evidence based strategic planning, building resilience and organisational capability and preparedness.
  • Very high level expertise and experience in governance and corporate risk management.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills with a strong proven record influencing and partnering with community, businesses, government and non-government agencies.
  • Excellent understanding on how to build business and community resilience to reduce vulnerability and ensure greater capacity to recover from fires and other disasters.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of Victorian legislation, polices and standards in relation to planning, building, health and safety and integrated fire and emergency management planning,
  • Highly regarded for his conceptual and analytical ability and technical expertise in all aspects of emergency operations within the structural and natural risk environments.
  • Has a extensive range of emergency operational competencies and experience as a senior fire officer including fire and incident management at the Fire Ground, Regional and State levels.

QUALIFICATIONS

QUALIFICATIONS

Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • Masters of Emergency Management (Charles Sturt University).
  • Graduate Certificate of Risk Management (Monash University).
  • IFE Member (Degree equivalent) and Graduate Grade (Diploma equivalent) with The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).
  • Registered Fire Engineering Technician with IFE Engineering Council
  • Diploma in Fire Technology (University of Ballarat)
  • Advanced Diploma of Firefighting Management (CFA).
  • Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety) (CFA & ASEM).
  • Advanced Diploma of Emergency Management (ASEM).
  • Diploma of Firefighting Management (University of Ballarat).
  • Diploma of Front Line Management (University of Melbourne).

EXPERIENCE

EXPERIENCE

  • Engaged by several large private commercial companies and government agencies to conduct detailed risk assessments. Based on the assessment outcomes, developed risk mitigation strategies / treatments and emergency management plan which include a business continuity plan, training and exercising recommendations.
  • Engaged by Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services to assist with development of their Fire and Emergency Preparedness and Response Procedures and Training Framework for all Department health care facilities.
  • Chaired a Government (Emergency Management Victoria (EMV)) Panel of Experts to develop siting, design and construction guidelines for the rebuilding of 106 homes lost at Wye River and Separation Creek bushfires Christmas day 2015 and provide strategic and expert advice on building community resilience as part of a whole community preparedness and response to bushfires.
  • Engaged by Government (EMV) to provide Strategic and Expert advice on development of the Lorne – Jamison Track Fire Regional Risk and Consequence Management Plan and Otway Fire Strategic Fire Management Plan – December 2015.
  • Victoria University lecturer for the Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Performance-Based Building and Fires Codes on the Australasian Fire Authorities Council Fire Brigade Intervention Model.
  • Chair of Government (EMV) Panel of Experts for design and construction of Community Fire Refuges and other technical matters. Panel consists of bushfire scientist (CSIRO), structural engineers, fire safety engineers and representatives from Country Fire Authority and Victorian Building Authority.
  • Led and chaired an expert panel to conduct a technical review into Victorian Bushfire Planning Provisions on behalf of EMV and Victorian Building Authority.
  • Projected managed several Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission recommendations on behalf of the then Victorian Building Commission,
  • Lead 2 x Whole of Government’ Task Force’s (Operational & Technical Units) to identify and assess Neighborhood Safer Places within extreme bushfire risk locations.
  • Led regional implementation of Municipal Integrated Fire Management Planning (IFMP) Framework under the Emergency Management Act.
  • Led Regional development and implementation of a Community Development Model within the context of multi-agency integrated emergency management to build community safety and resilience.
  • CFA State representative on the joint agency Prisons Fire Procedures Advisory Group established by Office of Corrections to review fire and emergency management procedures, systems and equipment within all prisons across Victoria,
  • Developed Risk and Emergency Management Guidelines and Manuals for Caravan Parks, Holiday Units, and Community Events at risk from Bushfire.
  • Developed a risk management model and guidelines for identifying and implementing strategic fire breaks.
  • Undertake building accreditation, verification / compliance audits and prepare reports.
  • Review fire engineer strategies / briefs.
  • Strategic risk assessment and consequent analysis within the structural and natural fire risk environments.
  • Held Chief Officer Delegation under the Victorian Building Act & Regulations & Planning & Environment Act.
  • Conducted several post fire investigation and analysis relating to causation, building, planning, dangerous goods and occupational health and safety regulatory compliance.
  • Developed and facilitated fire and emergency management training and exercising and have been an observer at several large emergency management exercises.
  • Regional Controller / Commander.
  • Incident Controller, Planning Officer and Operations Office (Levels 2 and 3).
  • Regional and State Duty Officer.
  • Operational performance audits.
  • Operational (fire ground) planning, preparedness and response.
  • Career Fire Fighter / Officer.

PROJECT WORK

EXAMPLES OF PROJECT WORK

  • EMV Construction and Project Management Guidelines for Community Fire Refuges under Victorian Government Ministerial Direction 4 (construction requirements for a community fire refuge).
  • EMV Discussion and subsequent Position Paper into Community Safety and Shelter Options.
  • A main author of the ABCB National Design & Construction Handbook for Community Bushfire Refuges.
  • Emergency Management Manual & Planning F/work, Caravan Parks, Tourist Operators & Community Events.
  • CFA / DSE Wildfire Risk Management Approach Guidelines to Community Events.
  • Academic Paper – Community Strengthening and Volunteerism Model.
  • Academic Paper – Study of the Efficacy of Fuel Breaks – A Key Element of Wildfire Management.
  • Developed and implemented a Risk Management Approach to the Introduction and Termination of FDP
  • Victorian Fire Services Guide to the Building Act and Regulations.
  • Fire Safety Guidelines in Sawmills for Statutory Authorities and Sawmillers.
  • CFA Fire Protection Manual.

POSITIONS HELD

POSITIONS HELD

  • Founder and Director of My Emergency Management Pty Ltd
  • Manager Program Development and Implementation – Fire Service Commissioner and Emergency Management Commissioner.
  • Regional Commander / Operations Manager (CFA).
  • Senior Advisor and Project Manager (Victorian Building Commission).
  • Lecturer (University of Western Sydney and Victoria University).
  • Manager Community Safety (CFA).
  • Officer in Charge Structural Fire Safety (CFA).
  • Professional Firefighter / Officer (CFA).

CV

JOHN MEALIA’S CV

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Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • Masters of Emergency Management (Charles Sturt University) – 20/09/2008
  • Graduate Certificate of Risk Management (Monash University) – 25/10/2001
  • IFE Member (degree equivalent) with The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) – 19/07/2007
  • Registered Fire Engineering Technician with IFE Engineering Council – 03/06/2015
  • Diploma of Fire Technology – 21/01/2003
  • Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety) (CFA & ASEM) – 19/08/2010
  • Advanced Diploma of Emergency Management (ASEM) – 17 March 2004
  • Diploma of Front Line Management (University of Melbourne) – 05/02/2004
  • Advanced Diploma of Firefighting Management (CFA) – 19/12/2003
  • Diploma of Firefighting Management (University of Ballarat) – 05/12/2002

Principal Experience

  • Engaged by several large private commercial companies and government agencies to conduct detailed risk assessments. Based on the assessment outcomes, developed risk mitigation strategies / treatments and emergency management plan which include a business continuity plan, training and exercising recommendations.
  • Engaged by Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services to assist with development of their Fire and Emergency Preparedness and Response Procedures and Training Framework for all Department health care facilities.
  • Chaired a Government (Emergency Management Victoria (EMV)) Panel of Experts to develop siting, design and construction guidelines for the rebuilding of 106 homes lost at Wye River and Separation Creek bushfires Christmas day 2015 and provide strategic and expert advice on building community resilience as part of a whole community preparedness and response to bushfires.
  • Engaged by Government (EMV) to provide Strategic and Expert advice on development of the Lorne – Jamison Track Fire Regional Risk and Consequence Management Plan and Otway Fire Strategic Fire Management Plan – December 2015.
  • Victoria University lecturer for the Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Performance-Based Building and Fires Codes on the Australasian Fire Authorities Council Fire Brigade Intervention Model.
  • Chair of Government (EMV) Panel of Experts for design and construction of Community Fire Refuges and other technical matters. Panel consists of bushfire scientist (CSIRO), structural engineers, fire safety engineers and representatives from Country Fire Authority and Victorian Building Authority.
  • Led and chaired an expert panel to conduct a technical review into Victorian Bushfire Planning Provisions on behalf of EMV and Victorian Building Authority.
  • Projected managed several Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission recommendations on behalf of the then Victorian Building Commission,
  • Lead 2 x Whole of Government’ Task Force’s (Operational & Technical Units) to identify and assess Neighborhood Safer Places within extreme bushfire risk locations.
  • Led regional implementation of Municipal Integrated Fire Management Planning (IFMP) Framework under the Emergency Management Act.
  • Led Regional development and implementation of a Community Development Model within the context of multi-agency integrated emergency management to build community safety and resilience.
  • CFA State representative on the joint agency Prisons Fire Procedures Advisory Group established by Office of Corrections to review fire and emergency management procedures, systems and equipment within all prisons across Victoria,
  • Developed Risk and Emergency Management Guidelines and Manuals for Caravan Parks, Holiday Units, and Community Events at risk from Bushfire.
  • Developed a risk management model and guidelines for identifying and implementing strategic fire breaks.
  • Undertake building accreditation, verification / compliance audits and prepare reports.
  • Review fire engineer strategies / briefs.
  • Strategic risk assessment and consequent analysis within the structural and natural fire risk environments.
  • Held Chief Officer Delegation under the Victorian Building Act & Regulations & Planning & Environment Act.
  • Conducted several post fire investigation and analysis relating to causation, building, planning, dangerous goods and occupational health and safety regulatory compliance.
  • Developed and facilitated fire and emergency management training and exercising and have been an observer at several large emergency management exercises.
  • Regional Controller / Commander.
  • Incident Controller, Planning Officer and Operations Office (Levels 2 and 3).
  • Regional and State Duty Officer.
  • Operational performance audits.
  • Operational (fire ground) planning, preparedness and response.
  • Career Fire Fighter / Officer.

Examples of Project Work

  • EMV Construction and Project Management Guidelines for Community Fire Refuges under Victorian Government Ministerial Direction 4 (construction requirements for a community fire refuge).
  • EMV Discussion and subsequent Position Paper into Community Safety and Shelter Options.
  • A main author of the ABCB National Design & Construction Handbook for Community Bushfire Refuges.
  • Emergency Management Manual & Planning F/work, Caravan Parks, Tourist Operators & Community Events.
  • CFA / DSE Wildfire Risk Management Approach Guidelines to Community Events.
  • Academic Paper – Community Strengthening and Volunteerism Model.
  • Academic Paper – Study of the Efficacy of Fuel Breaks – A Key Element of Wildfire Management.
  • Developed and implemented a Risk Management Approach to the Introduction and Termination of FDP
  • Victorian Fire Services Guide to the Building Act and Regulations.
  • Fire Safety Guidelines in Sawmills for Statutory Authorities and Sawmillers.
  • CFA Fire Protection Manual.

Publications

  • Main author of EMV Construction and Project Management Guidelines for Community Fire Refuges under Victorian Government Ministerial Direction 4 (construction requirements for a community fire refuge).
  • Main author of EMV discussion and subsequent position paper into Community Safety and Shelter Options.
  • One of the main authors of the ABCB National Design and Construction Handbook for Community Bushfire Refuges.
  • Main author of Risk and Emergency Management Guidelines and Manuals for Caravan Parks, Holiday Units, and Community Events at risk from bushfire.
  • Main author CFA / DSE Wildfire Risk Management Approach Guidelines to Community Events.
  • Author of academic paper – Community Strengthening and Volunteerism Model.
  • Author of The Efficacy of Fuel Breaks – A Key Element of Wildfire Management.
  • Author of Victorian Fire Services Guide to the Building Act and Regulations.
  • Main author Fire Safety Guidelines in Sawmills for Statutory Authorities.
  • Main author of Fire Safety Guidelines in Sawmills for Sawmillers.
  • Main author CFA Fire Protection Manual.

Positions Held

  • Founder and Director of My Emergency Management Pty Ltd
  • Manager Program Development and Implementation – Fire Service Commissioner and Emergency Management Commissioner.
  • Regional Commander / Operations Manager (CFA).
  • Senior Advisor and Project Manager (Victorian Building Commission).
  • Lecturer (University of Western Sydney and Victoria University).
  • Manager Community Safety (CFA).
  • Officer in Charge Structural Fire Safety (CFA).
  • Professional Firefighter / Officer (CFA).