Jamie Mackenzie AFSM worked as a Senior Instructor, Leadership Development, with the Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA) and he previously worked with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). He has over 35 years’ experience in operational roles for bushfire and emergency response.
Jamie introduced Fireline Leadership and Incident Leadership training to Victorian and Australian emergency agencies in 2005 and has been involved in the design and implementation of training programs to build leadership, incident management and hazard management capabilities for emergency services personnel, industry and community members. Jamie currently collaborates with a range of emergency response agencies, industry and communities, focusing on leadership and resilience projects.
As part of a small team, Jamie developed Australia’s first staff ride (an experiential learning program) about the 1998 Linton Fire in which five firefighters died.
In 2014, Jamie initiated and developed the Survive and Thrive program for local grade 5+ students to bring about generational change and developing resilience in high bushfire risk communities. The program won the Fire Awareness Award in 2015 and Resilience Australia Award in 2016. In 2017, Jamie was accepted to attend the “Leadership in Crises: Preparation and Performance” at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Jamie was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in the Australia Day honours in 2015.