- Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm to be new Commissioner
- Mr Klemm has spent 27 years in fire and emergency services
- Western Australian firefighting career started at Perth Fire Station
- Extensive operational experience across major fire and emergency service events
The State Government has appointed DFES Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm as the new Commissioner of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
Mr Klemm has been DFES Assistant Commissioner of Metropolitan Operations since 2012.
He began his firefighting career in South Australia before moving to Western Australia, starting at the Perth Fire Station in 1993.
Mr Klemm brings a wide range of hands-on and operational experience in dealing with emergency situations throughout Western Australia including as State and Incident Controller during the Waroona, O’Sullivan and Toodyay bushfires, and Tropical Cyclone Olwyn.
Mr Klemm has served in the Goldfields/Midlands region as well as at the DFES Training Centre and has played major roles in the structural and cultural reform of training and professional development of personnel and volunteers.
Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said Mr Klemm had significant experience in strategic reform and had been one of the key figures in responding to the 2011 Perth Hills Bushfire Inquiry.
The appointment is for an initial 18 months.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan:
“I am looking forward to working with Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm when he takes over as head of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services on Monday, September 18.
“It is one of the State’s more challenging departments and we have a lot of work to do to strengthen our State’s response to emergency situations.
“I would like to once again commend Commissioner Wayne Gregson for his part in the creation of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
“It was a tremendous challenge and one that he rose to with great acclaim.
“I will be saying more publicly at the Transfer of Command Ceremony about the significant changes to the State’s fire and emergency services that occurred under the command of Commissioner Gregson.”