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SES Chief Officer sets high standards


State Emergency Service (SES) Chief Officer Stuart Macleod has capped off a praiseworthy history with the SES with his recent retirement.

Having held the role of Chief Officer since 2007, Stuart has been instrumental in ensuring the SES has evolved as a highly credible, professional and respected emergency service organisation, with a strong volunteer ethic.

A commendable leader, he developed and maintained vital relationships with other emergency service agencies to ensure they were supported and response plans were integrated.

Stuart has been involved with volunteer organisations since 1966, when he joined the Civil Defence Organisation (which evolved into the SES) as a volunteer rescuer. He became a State Emergency Service paid staff member in 1979.

COMMent Stuart's retirement

Retiring SES Chief Officer Stuart Macleod pictured with colleagues following the 'piping' in of the gifts at SES headquarters in Waymouth Street on his last day in the office. 

Dressed in tartan are, from left, Graeme Wynwood, Matt Maywald, Darryl Wright, Peter Nygaard, with Piper Chris.



Emergency Services Minister Michael Wright said Stuart enjoyed a long and rich history with the SES where he achieved a great deal and had a career that he can be extremely proud of.

"I take the opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding effort that Stuart Macleod has given to the emergency services community in this State and in particular to the volunteers and staff of the State Emergency Service," said Minister Wright.

Training was always high on Stuart's priorities. He set standards in training and assessment that still stand as best practice, and developed the greater part of the operational and organisational practices and procedures in place today for the SES.

Stuart also chaired a number of national committees that developed rescue skills manuals and training resource kits for all Australian emergency services, and designed and developed rescue training courses for the SES, other emergency services and industry rescue teams, supported by manuals, training resource kits and courses.

The Chief Officer position is being called nationally. In the interim Deputy Chief Officer Matt Maywald will act in the Chief Officer's position.


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