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Rockingham Volunteer Fire and Rescue Brigade captain Andrew Munro says the biggest challenge of his career was fighting the 2011 Kelmscott bushfire.
Rockingham Volunteer Fire and Rescue Brigade captain Andrew Munro says the biggest challenge of his career was fighting the 2011 Kelmscott bushfire.

Rockingham Fire Brigade captain Andrew Munro tells Brian Oliver about the pressure of saving lives and properties as a career firefighter.

Q: Tell me the biggest business challenge you’ve ever faced.

A: Being assigned to an area during the Roleystone/Kelmscott fire in February, 2011, and having to make sense of the situation that confronted me. Then I had to co-ordinate the resources assigned to combat the numerous properties affected by the fire.

Q: Which business leader do you most admire?

A: Any leader who has a clear vision of their objectives and goals that will benefit everyone.

Q: What does leadership mean to you?

A: The ability to bring a group of people together, with a common vision or goal and be able to focus and empower the group to achieve the vision or goal.

Q: How has your leadership style changed over time?

A: I tend to listen and delegate responsibility more to those around me instead of taking it all on.

Q: What’s the best advice you were ever given?

A: The best advice I have been given is “make a decision”. Whether it is right or wrong, make one because it is easier to change a decision than making no decision at all.

Q: What do you wish someone had told you when you first started out?

A: We all make mistakes — learn from them, as they are some of the best learning tools around.

Q: What has been the most important moment in your career so far?

A: Being nominated for the Fire Fighter of the Year in 2011.

Q: What are your interests outside of business?

A: Keeping fit and I am interested in science and astronomy, especially with the recent discoveries of exo-planets.

Q: What do you do to relax?

A: Participate in fun runs and kayak.

Q: What do you hope Rockingham will be like in five years?

A: A safe, clean city.