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Company DetailsFriendly Fire Ecological Consultants

Entity Status: Sole Trader
Address: 5-7 Thora Cleland Drive, Mareeba, Q, 4880
Postal address: PO Box 289, Mareeba, Q, 4880
Australian Business Number (ABN): 58144640095
Mobile: 0488118660 or 0400949936
Email: Jackie@ffec.com.au or mick@ffec.com.au
Website: www.ffec.com.au

 

FFEC History

Principal consultant Michael Blackman is the founder and managing director of FFEC. With over 25 years experience in establishing fire management plans and implementing fire management programmes on rural, pastoral, mining, conservation and Indigenous lands throughout Australia, Michael established the consultancy in 2009 with the vision of providing a range of land management services that reflect the environmental history of Australian fire regimes.

The importance of maintaining ecological integrity through prescribed burning implementation and caring for country laid the foundations of what is today an organisation growing rapidly to meet the current and future needs for protection of life and property; authenticating cultural burning; rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems and adapting to climate change impacts.

 

Community Involvement

With our extensive experience and collaboration with local and state organisations we have developed a reputation for excellence in active participation in promoting appropriate fire regimes for sustainable ecological outcomes. This experience has included extensive work and consultation with government agencies, Indigenous communities, registered training organisations and private enterprises and active participation in rural community fire services. Please see section 6 Project personnel and section 7 Past projects below for details.

 

Insurance

FFEC has public liability insurance to the value of $20,000,000. Certificates on currency are provided as requested with project proposal folios.

 

Management Systems

FFEC have recently adopted the AS/NSZ ISO plan-do-check-act paradigm to guide us in establishing an integrated management system for quality, safety and environment.


Policy and Procedure

Our integrated policy and associated procedures ensure our activities are managed and monitored to achieve our company goals and satisfy all legislative requirements.


Risk control

Quality, Safety and Environment

FFEC conducts site-specific comprehensive risk analyses for all projects and training workshops. Our  Job Safety Environment Quality Analyses (JSEQA) detail controls for our risks associated with field operations. Control measures are included in each project’s Fire Implementation Plan and determine our fire strategy and burn techniques to ensure desired outcomes are achieved without harm to persons, property or the environment.

Projects

Our projects are tailored to individual clients’ needs and budgets and managed to ensure consistency in outputs. Projects are tracked throughout the entire process with resources allocated to reflect the complexity of the project.

Monitoring and continual improvement

FFEC captures data in the field and within our internal processes to both conduct research and development into improved fire implementation methodology and technology and also to manage our activities more efficiently.

 

Resources

Key Staff

Principal Consultant: Michael Blackman

Mick BlackmanMichael is one of Queensland’s leading professionals in fire management, having implemented many fire programs across Northern Australia in 25 years amounting to 1000s of hours in on-ground and aerial fire projects. Michael’s extensive background in all aspects of land management provides him with a holistic approach to implementing fire.

In his career as a Ranger Michael has successfuly rehabilitated degraded properties with the use of fire while under the employment for companies such as Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Australian  Bush Heritage and Queensland Parks and Wildlife. Michael is highly experienced in delivering all of our courses to a range of audiences from large multi-national companies to small community groups.  Michael develops our fire strategies and techniques and manages all projects.

Qualifications & Experience:
  • Generic certificate in Coal and Metaliferrous mining.
  • Supervisor levels 1,2 & 3: RIIRIS301A Apply risk management processes, RIIOHS301A Conduct Safety and Health Investigations, RIICOM301A Communicate information
  • Fire Management 2 (crew leader/Level 2)
  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment
  • Certificate III Conservation & Land Management
  • Qld Rural Fires Fire Fighting Operations Course
  • Qld Rural Fire Service Aerial Incendiary Operators Course
  • Forest Industry Training Chainsaw Operator Level 1
  • Qld DEH WPH&S Supervisor Training Course
  • Qld SES Land Search Operations Course
  • Qld DPI Level 2 Fire Fighting Operations
  • Qld NPWS Fire Management System
  • QPWS Firearms Safety Level II
  • Feral animal control; Weed Control; Fencing for feral animal exclusion zones.

 

Project Coordinator/Personal Assistant: Jackie McLeod

Jackie McLeod

Jackie is office-based and coordinates all project management requirements and provides support to Mick undertaking research and risk analysis for projects and business advice. Jackie manages daily operations and quoting and budgets, creates all project documentation and maps manages company risk.

Jackie has been in the role for 6 years and her previous background is in private consulting with experience including rehabilitation work, and implementation of Environmental Management Systems.

 Qualifications 
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Fire Management 1 (crew member/Level 1)
  • Fire Management 2 (crew leader/Level 2)
  • Agricultural Chemical Distribution Control, Commercial Operators Licence
  • Certificate in EMAS Eco-mapping
Field Operations Manager: Mark Wessels

Field Operations Manager - Mark WesselsMark manages all field operations on our large projects and coordinates burn crews ensuring burn plans are implemented to satisfy client requirements and achieve burn program objectives. Mark ensures our management and safety systems are effectively implemented in the field and monitors existing processes to manage risk and ensure operational success.

Mark provides support to Mick in the delivery of training programs and has been in the role for 2 years. Mark’s background is in natural resource management, construction and mining and resource sectors and he has over 10 years’ experience in planning and implementing fire for ecological and hazard mitigation purposes.

 Qualifications 
  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment
  • Fire Management 1 (crew member/ Level 1)
  • Fire Management 2 (crew leader/ Level 2)
  • Agricultural Chemical Distribution Control (ACDC) Commercial Operators Licence.
  • Licenses to operate firebreak installation and maintenance machinery: Dozer, excavator, front end loader
  • Generic certificate in Coal and Metalliferous mining, and apply basic firefighting
  • Conduct safety and health investigations/Apply risk management processes
  • Certificate II in asset maintenance (fire protection equipment and portable firefighting equipment)
Trainer and Ranger Group Consultant: Clare Blackman

Clare BlackmanClare is our most experienced land management trainer having delivered numerous Certificate III and Certificate IV courses in adult learning environments. Clare has a solid background in conservation and land management including fire management and is very practical and proficient in all aspects of vehicle and machinery operation and maintenance.

Clare consults primarily to Aboriginal Corporations and other Indigenous entities on the effective establishment and initiating of land management programs to achieve realistic goals. Clare has also been actively engaged in FFEC burn operations for the past 3 years working for large corporate clients and on Australian Defence Force properties.

Qualifications:
  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment
  • Fire Management 1 (crew member/Level 1)
  • Fire Management 2 (crew leader/Level 2)
  • Certificate III Conservation & Land Management
  • Forest Industry Training Chainsaw Operator Level 1
  • QPWS Firearms Safety Level II

Other Organisations

Organisations FFEC has collaboratively worked on fire projects with.


Dr. Leasie Felderhof

Leasie has a PhD in Earth and Environmental Science and is the Managing Director of Firescape Science. Leasie has been involved in a number of local and State environmental projects from regional conservation strategies, developing fire management systems, firescar mapping, remote sensing projects, threatened species recovery plans and biodiversity research.


Dr. Paul Williams

Paul is a botanist and the director of Vegetation Management Science with many years of experience in vegetation and fire management, and has worked in many areas across Queensland and has a keen understanding of the different fire issues of many Queensland bioregions.


On-ground and Training Personnel

FFEC employs personnel for projects from a pool of highly experienced field operators and trainers. All of our personnel are qualified and field operators regularly attend FFEC training workshops to refresh their skills and update their knowledge in aspects of prescribed burning and aerial incendiary. FFEC employs the services of contractors who have been involved in our past projects and understand FFEC philosophy,  project management and management systems.


Mentors


Peter Stanton

Peter was the principal conservation officer in Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for many years. Formerly a forester, he is widely acknowledged as being one of the most experienced fire ecologists in the country, FFEC fire philosophies and strategies for implementation have been developed under the ongoing mentorship of Peter.