Deputy Chief Officer








Deputy Chief Officer Gavin Freeman commenced his fire service career as a recruit firefighter in 1985.


An ambitious officer, Gavin was promoted through the officer ranks early in his career while working at the Hobart and Launceston brigades.  He developed a keen interest in training and worked in that area for several periods throughout his career.


Gavin played a leading part in introducing vertical rescue to TFS and more recently he has held high level positions at a range of state, and national CBRN forums.


He has extensive operational experience and worked as Incident Controller at a range of major incidents across the state. He has also lead Tasmanian firefighters at several interstate deployments and twice worked with Australian fire teams in the United States.


Gavin has worked hard to gain a Masters in Emergency Management and several other formal technical and tertiary qualifications.


He was promoted to Deputy Chief Officer in February 2010 following a period as Deputy Regional Chief Officer in the Northern Region.


Gavin was awarded the National Medal in 2000.