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Meet John Farrer

John started with Fire and Safety Australia over 8 years ago and has a background in the Country Fire Authority (CFA) where he has spent 27 years and is still an operational fire fighter.

John has trained off shore on oil rigs, worked as an ESO in mine sites and trained all over the country with FSA delivering high level courses over his time including Cert III in Mine Emergency Response and Rescue and Cert III in Public Safety.


John Farrer

Trainer Supervisor - VIC/ TAS

What inspired you to join FSA as a trainer?
I joined back in 2010 and I did so to enhance the range of courses that I could deliver, and I know that FSA had what I wanted.

What do you love most about your role?
The thing that I love most about my role is meeting and training a wide range of people in different industries and the satisfaction of seeing them improve their skills in a safe manner.

What is the most challenging aspect of your role?
I think the most challenging part of my role is making sure that the product I am delivering is current and making sure that all the training is done in a safe manner. Another thing which is challenging, is the range of people that we train and their different skill sets, which can at times challenge the delivery of the training.

What is your proudest career achievement?
My proudest career achievement was when I got a company’s ERT through; their Cert 111 in mines rescue and their Cert 111 in public safety. This was completed over 3 years through dedicated training from the ERT and myself. I’m also proud that I achieved my Cert IV in ohs/whs.

Do you have any safety tips for people?
The only tips that I could pass on would be – always be aware of your surroundings, and focus on what you are doing, whether it is in the office or in the field.

What do you wish you knew when you were younger?
The main thing would be, things can change very quickly. You need to focus and be able to adapt to different things in life.

In regard to safety – at the end of the day, everybody needs to go home to their family.