Position: Townsville Representative
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Mobile: 0432 686 686
My name is Warren “Ned” Kelly. I am a WHS Professional and I am the First Officer of Black River & Districts RFB. I have been a volunteer fire fighter for 40 years.
I commenced with the NSW Bushfire brigades in 1980 and was fortunate enough to be a Foundation Member of the NSW Rural Fire Service in 1997.
I attained the rank of Deputy Captain in NSW and in 2005 moved to Townsville where I joined Black River & Districts Rural Fire Brigade.
I have been First Officer of the brigade since 2006 and was Thuringowa Deputy Group Officer, (and acting Group Officer) for a number of years. I have spent time employed as a relief BTSO and regional WHS officer at QFES Northern Region. I also spearheaded improvements in training of firefighters at Townsville City Council which is continuing to benefit TCC / RFS relations to this day.
Furthermore, I was the inaugural Townsville RFBAQ rep and have a history of advocating for brigades, volunteers and even staff. In that time we saw considerable change which continues to this day including the Yellow Ribbon initiative which sees our volunteers acknowledged and recognised in Parliament every year on Yellow Ribbon Day.
I am overjoyed to be donning the RFBAQ mantel once more and hope to continue to provide a voice to brigades in Townsville Area and to work alongside Brigades and RFSQ staff to achieve positive and lasting change.