New MFS chief appointed

The Liberal State Government has appointed Michael Morgan as the Chief Officer and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) to guide the organisation into the future.

Mr Morgan took on the role in July 2018 for an interim period of 12 months to provide continuity after former MFS Chief Officer Greg Crossman announced his retirement.

One year on, the Chief Officer role was recently advertised and Mr Morgan, a 33-year veteran of the MFS, has now been formally appointed.

Minister for Police, Correctional Services and Emergency Services Corey Wingard congratulated Mr Morgan on his well-earned appointment.

“Michael has worked hard to earn the trust of his colleagues and that of the community,” Minister Wingard said.

“The head of the MFS is a vital role within the emergency services and Michael is absolutely committed to continuing to protect South Australians into the future.”

MFS Chief Officer Michael Morgan joined the organisation as a firefighter in February 1986 and progressed through the ranks to

Deputy Chief Officer in 2015 and interim Chief Officer in 2018.

During his decades of service with the MFS, he has worked in various departments including Operations, Employee Support and Operational Human Resources.

In 2005 Mr Morgan was appointed as Employee Support Coordinator, a role responsible for the exposure to trauma for all MFS staff.

The following year he became Commander of Human Resources.

In 2010, Michael Morgan took on the role of Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) of Metropolitan Operations, a position overseeing up to 850 metropolitan firefighters.

He has worked diligently in developing wellness, welfare and support programs within the MFS throughout his career and was awarded an Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in 2014 for this work.

Newly appointed MFS Chief Officer Morgan said he is honoured to lead an organisation that he loves.

“The MFS has been a key part of my life for the past three decades. I am truly honoured to be appointed as Chief Officer and excited about the opportunities to continue to modernise and develop our organisation and emergency response capability into the future.

“I’d like to acknowledge the support I’ve had from firefighters, staff and the senior management team over the past 12 months. I look forward to continuing working with everyone to further enhance the culture of what is a very proud service.”

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