Industrial Fire Journal - Fire & Rescue - Hemming Group Ltd
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Riley, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (Melbourne, Australia), 14.11.47 - 15.10.14
Published:  30 October, 2014

Long serving and highly respected MFB Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Riley passed away on the morning of 15 October 2014.

Paul was a larger than life character, a mentor to those that worked with him and a passionate supporter of all MFB employees. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Paul started his firefighting career with the London Fire Brigade where he served for 18 months before emigrating to Melbourne in 1969. After working various jobs he joined MFB on 6 July 1973 and has served the Brigade and community for the last 41 years. MFB records show Paul as always being on “B” Platoon and that he served at FS1, FS31, FS39 and FS10. Promotion saw him transfer to the Fire Protection Department where he served for many years. As an ACFO Paul has served in Southern District, Emergency Response Management and, most recently, as the ACFO South East Metro Region – Director of Operations.

His passing is a massive loss, not just for MFB firefighters and the corporate staff who worked with him, but also for the Firefighters Charity Fund. Paul was a member of the steering group that developed the model of the fund and then became a founding and current committee member. His work with the Firefighters Charity Fund is a legacy that will endure for the next generations of firefighters.

Paul will be fondly remembered by all those that he worked with, particularly for his good humour and his sharp wit, but most importantly for his support for his fellow firefighters. 

Paul’s funeral was held at Mornington Race Club on Friday 24 October and was attended by more than 500 people. He leaves behind his wife Ann, daughter Tasha, and son Cameron.