Ken Block
Commissioner
Fire Rescue Victoria

Ken BlockKen Block is Fire Rescue Victoria’s inaugural Fire Rescue Commissioner with more than 40 years’ experience in the fire and rescue service.

Prior to this, Ken was the Chief Fire Officer of the Edmonton Fire Rescue Service in Canada for more than a decade and served three terms as the President of the Canadian Association of Fire Chief’s (CAFC).

Ken is a tireless campaigner for improving the safety of the community, firefighters and first responders.

He is passionate about mental health and wellbeing and issues surrounding diversity and inclusion.

Throughout his career Ken has led significant organisational change, and delivered improvements to:

  • the mental and physical health and wellbeing of employees,
  • fire stations, appliances, equipment, and building codes,
  • community safety through fire prevention, public education, fire investigations and fire engineering, and
  • achieve a workforce that better reflects the community.

Since Ken’s appointment as FRV Commissioner, the organisation has witnessed positive change including the representation of women at all operational ranks up to the level of Deputy Commissioner and in senior leadership positions, providing the aspirational evidence to others that you “can be what you can see.”

Ken has received the following awards:

  • Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association Fire Chief of the Year, 2015
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013
  • Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Chief of the Year, 2013
  • Chief Fire Officer Designation, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, 2011
  • Alberta Centennial Medal (Outstanding Citizen), 2005
  • Alberta Provincial Emergency Services Medal, 2002, and
  • Canadian Exemplary Services Medal, 2000

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Champions of Change Fire & Emergency 

Ken Block is a Member of the Champions of Change Fire & Emergency Group which was established in 2017 in partnership with the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC). The group includes Chief Executives and Commissioners leading more than 30 agencies responsible for fire, emergency and land management services across Australia and New Zealand. The group is committed to advancing gender equity, inclusive cultures and achieving significant and sustainable improvements in the representation of women in their workplaces.

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