Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Emergency Management Command / Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Mal Cronstedt has more than 41 years of experience in fire and emergency services, having commenced as a volunteer in 1976 before joining the WA Bush Fires Board full-time in 1982. He progressed through the ranks in a variety of operational and support roles in WA and NSW, gaining considerable experience in rural and urban environments, before becoming Chief Superintendent Country South when the Department of Fire and Emergency Services was created in 2012. Appointed as the inaugural director of the Office of Bushfire Risk Management in August 2012, he went on to become the executive director of the State Emergency Management Committee Secretariat which later became the Office of Emergency Management. Mr Cronstedt holds an MBA from Curtin University, a Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management from Swinburne University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Edith Cowan University. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institution of Fire Engineers, and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government's Executive Fellows Program.