Fire and Emergency management

Jennifer Reilly
Executive Director Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services

Executive Director Jennifer Reilly was appointed Executive Director of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services on 11 July 2016.  Prior to this position Jennifer was the Director of the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services College.

Prior to moving to the Northern Territory Jennifer’s career was based in Queensland working in numerous Government Agencies including Departments of Housing, Health, Public Works, QBuild Corporate Services, Public Service Commission and Police. She has a passion for leading large teams and delivering government services across large geographical locations and has worked and lived in Julia Creek, Rockhampton and Cairns.

Jennifer holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jennifer’s passion is leading organisations and leading others to reach their potential and has been a Dale Carnegie Instructor since 1999 facilitating hundreds of participants to reach their potential.

Jennifer was awarded the Most Outstanding Female Administrator award at the 15th Annual Excellence in Policing Awards from Australasia Council of Women and Policing. She received Queensland Police Service Award for Excellence in Corporate and Support Services for 2013 Firearms and Weapons Amnesty, Police Commissioner’s Award for Meritorious Service 2013, New Zealand Certificate of Appreciation in response to earthquake recovery, Queensland Police Service State Silver Award 2010 for Excellence in Corporate and Support Services and QBuild Management Excellence Award.

Jennifer is enjoying been back in the Territory having lived for 13 years in Tennant Creek.  

Mark Spain
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Mark Spain
Chief Fire Officer/Director Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service

Mark Spain was appointed Chief Fire Officer/ Director of the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service (NTFRS) on 11 July 2016, which forms part of the newly established Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services. Mark joined the NTFRS Operations D Watch, Darwin in 1986 after completing his recruit program with the then Western Australian Fire Brigade. Most of Marks career has been with the NTFRS having been promoted to Station Officer in 1994 and transferring to Operations B Watch before taking a two year posting as the OIC of Jabiru’s Emergency Response Area. in 1997 Mark transferred back to Operations A Watch and in late 1997 transferred to Training and Development for a further two years with several highlights to include delivering two recruit programs as the lead instructor, provided training to fire service members, Kupung, West Timor.  Implemented new Breathing Apparatus sets into service along with the Freightliners FL80’s and TELESQIRTS Aerial/pumpers program.

In 2001 Mark laterally transferred as a Senior firefighter to the ACT Fire Brigade experiencing the 2001 and 2003 Canberra fires and in 2004 had relocated to Ballarat Victoria as a Structural Instructor for the Country Fire Authority before returning to the NTFRS in 2005 as a Senior Station Officer. Mark was promoted to District Officer in 2008 and has been OIC across a number of Commands to include Training and Development, Capability and Development, Fire Safety and Operations Darwin and Northern.

Mark has a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and completed the Strategic Command Program through the AIPM      

Ian Lockley
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Ian Lockley, AFSM
Staff Officer Office of the Director

Ians current roles and responsibilities include provision of strategic leadership, management, direction and advice in the development and implementation of Human Resource development strategies, policies and procedures to the NTFRS. This includes development and implementation of all learning strategies to enhance the capability of all permanent, auxiliary and volunteer staff.

David Letheby
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David Letheby
District Officer Operations Southern Command

David is currently the Manager of Operations, Southern Command, based in Alice Springs. His main responsibilities are to provide strategic leadership, management and direction to members of his command.

He commenced his fire service career in 1973 as a volunteer with the Eden Hills Country Fire Service in SA. David is a current life member of the Eden Hills Brigade.

David has worked in the Aviation Fire and Rescue Service as a Station Officer, with the SA Country Fire Service as a Regional Officer and currently as a District Officer with NTFRS.

David been involved in the implementation of the incident management system, AIIMS (Australian Interservice Incident management System) since 1990. He has worked extensively though-out Australia teaching, developing and on numerous occasions, as a team member of an Incident Management Team. David represents the NTFRS on the AFAC, EMPS (Emergency Management Professionalization Scheme) on is currently certified as a Level 3 Incident Controller. 

He has qualifications including Advanced Diploma in Fire-fighting Operations, Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and Graduate of the Institution of Fire Engineers. He still loves being a fire-fighter and considers himself privileged to have been given many opportunities in his chosen vocation

Gerry Seville
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Gerald Seville
District Officer Training and Development Command

Gerald (Gerry) Seville joined the NTFRS in January 2006 as a lateral entry Station Officer from Fire Rescue New South Wales where he joined in 1973. Gerry became a Station Officer in 1988 and served in metropolitan and rural/urban interface fire stations. He also completed duties at Katoomba and Bathurst Fire Stations as a Relieving Officer.

In 1994 and 2001 Gerry was involved in the State of Disaster bushfires in NSW, the 2003 ACT major bushfires and the 2006/7 Victorian major bushfires. While attached to the Training & Development Command as a resource developer, trainer and assessor, Gerry was promoted to Senior Station Officer in October 2010 and District Officer in January 2015.

As Manager for Operations Northern Command during 2015, he was responsible for Volunteer and Regional Fire Stations north of Tennant Creek to ensure operational preparedness and response, training, budgets and exercising in support of NTFRS operations. 

Gerry took up the position of Manager, Training and Development Command in July 2016.

Terry Trewin
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Terry Trewin
District Officer Capability Development Command

As District Officer, Capability Development Command, the key responsibilities include strategic leadership and management in USAR/CBRN, BA/Hazmat, Transportation Rescue, Procurement/Fleet & Equipment, Fire Investigation and Communications in support of NTFRS operations.