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Kym resigns from CFS role

Kym resigns from CFS role

After seven years at the helm of the Northern Barossa CFS Group, Mr Kym Haebich has resigned.

A relocation to the South East for work has led to Mr Haebich’s departure but he will continue to play a role within the volunteer organisation.

He speaks fondly of the Northern Barossa Group which comprises Angaston, Nuriootpa, Tanunda and Truro CFS brigades and with his leadership and mentoring encouraged, he said it remains in good hands.

“This Group has a long and proud history with leadership and that goes back to the late Brian Hurn,” said Mr Haebich.

“I’ve always been passionate on mentoring people.

“I have encouraged a number of young Deputy Group Officers into our group and given them the opportunity to take on specific operational roles and with the one on one support.

“If you don’t bring them through via succession planning, when guys like myself want to step away it leaves a huge vacuum not just in the skills but also the knowledge and the confidence to lead.”

Mr Haebich has been with CFS Region 2 for 15 years and joined the Nuriootpa CFS after moving to the region for work and spending 10 years with the Burra CFS.

He has joined fellow volunteers to fight fires in four states and he has drawn on his training and knowledge in various areas including grassfire firefighting and incident management and to a lesser degree road crash rescue and HAZMAT.

He credits those before him in having the foresight to set up the Angaston station to cater for incident management.

“For a small CFS Group it is very well known for the ability to run the management of any incident,” said Mr Haebich.

“The Krondorf and Flaxman Valley fires were run through this base and then that led into the Eden Valley fire.”

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.