About our Guest:
In this episode we are talking to Greg Newton – Deputy Commissioner NSW SES. Having initially trained as a History and English high school teacher, Greg has previously worked as an Executive Teacher in ACT schools before being employed at a senior level in the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety. Since the age of 17 he also served as a NSW SES volunteer with the Queanbeyan SES Unit, with five years as a Local Controller. During his 23 years as a volunteer, Greg was involved in most of the major emergency operations the Service responded to, notably the 1999 Sydney Hailstorm, Thredbo Landslide, Canberra Bushfires and the 2007 Hunter Storms. He was also deployed to support Victoria after the 2009 bushfires.
In 2010 Greg joined the staff of NSW SES as an Assistant Commissioner and was appointed Deputy Commissioner in May 2015. As Assistant Commissioner he filled the roles of Director East and Director West, giving him an excellent appreciation of the challenges faced by emergency service volunteers in all areas of the state. This combination of both volunteer and staff experience, as well as education and government experience gives him a well rounded view of the sector.
Key questions for this episode:
- In your opinion, is there really such as thing as the East/West divide for people working in Emergency Services?
- What do you see as the differences for members and trainers working in different areas of the state? Are learners the same? Are needs and issues that different?
- What hurdles have you seen overcome to deliver great training or assessments?
- What is something you would like people to appreciate more about members working in different areas to themselves?