Mark joined CFA as an employee in 2000 and has fulfilled several roles including Community Support Facilitator, Fire Safety Officer, Acting Manager of Community Infrastructure and most recently, as the Manager of Community Safety for Gippsland.
Mark was also a longstanding CFA volunteer, serving with the Frankston, Langwarrin and Carrum Downs Fire Brigades. He started as a firefighter in 1990 and also spent four years prior to that as a junior member with the Frankston CFA.
Mark said his appointment to the position would see him continue the journey that the Gippsland Regional Leadership Team began 18 months ago.
“I’m very proud and honoured to be appointed the Regional Director for Gippsland. I’ve been overwhelmed by all the messages and support from everyone – the CFA family is alive and well,” Mr Potter said.
“I plan to get out and about and see as many of our members as I can over the next 12 months. I want to talk to them about what challenges they’re facing and how we can manage those challenges together.
“It’s about strongly supporting our volunteers, pushing the decision making as far down as you can and empowering our members to make decisions.”
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson congratulated Mark on the significant appointment and wished him well in his new role.
“The Gippsland Region encompasses some of the state’s most critical infrastructure in the open cut brown coal mines and power generation facilities,” he said.
“Gippsland is the centre of significant dairy, farming, forestry and paper product industries as well as public land forests, coastal ports, waterways and coastal resorts.
“Gippsland is an extremely busy region which will be a great challenge for Mark. I have no doubt he will embrace this challenge and be an inspiring leader.”
Gippsland residents can also follow Mark on Twitter @gipps_potzii.