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While the Financial Services industry faces incredible pressure, we can draw strength from this man. He is a landowner, Father, Husband and a firefighter, who almost lost everything on Monday 30 December 2019. Join us to hear Glenn's amazing story and how the support of his community, colleagues and family saved him.

COMMANDER GLENN HARRAP District Fire Investigation Co-ordinator

He is a landowner, Father, Husband and a firefighter, who almost lost everything on Monday 30 December 2019.

Glenn Harrap’s career as a firefighter spans 32 years, he is based in District 11 HQ – South East Region which is 3 hours East of Melbourne.

His role as Commander is one of five full-time roles in the district, responsible for up to 1,500 volunteer firefighters and 2 million hectares of land, 70% of which is public land.

In this remote area of Victoria, bushfires are a part of life.

Glenn Harrap Training Ground

Each year it’s a normal process to be preparing and “putting out bushfires” from around September and for the 3 months leading to Christmas.  However, in the 3 years leading to 30 December 2019, there had been very little rainfall and drastic drought conditions.  The normal 3 months had stretched to 7 or 8 months and they were now facing a “perfect storm” of drought, high winds and bush fires started by lightning storms in remote areas where they could not be accessed by the fire trucks and managed by his team of firefighters.

As an added twist of fate, this area was surrounding his own property (PICTURED ABOVE) where his wife, mother-in-law and children lived.

A PERFECT STORM

Part of Glenn’s normal role as Commander is to monitor the very good predictive tools which show how the fires are tracking so he can determine where his teams are concentrating their efforts, which areas are most under threat and when residents need to evacuate.

In December 2019 these predictive tools showed a monstrous fire was headed to his own property and his family at such a force that he had only one choice, to tell his family “We need to be ready, it’s time to go.”

Glenn has never been the same after this experience, while there have been many occasions when he and his team have faced danger, but this was different.  This was everything that mattered to him colliding with everything he knew about the power of a catastrophic bushfire.

"When you’re working as part of a crew, you can jump in the truck and pull out. But in this we couldn’t pull out."

Next Thursday 28 May, Glenn shares his story of the conditions that led to the day when the world was watching a massive fire which had created its own weather conditions swept through his home town.

Glenn will share how his family, community, his teammates and good professional help got him through the aftermath of mental and emotional struggle.

Our MC and Host is CRAIG BALL 

Craig Ball

Craig is a focused, positive and driven individual – he is also creative, humorous, honest and kind.

Whether his current goal is to be part of a band, to win a fitness challenge or launch a business you can be certain that Craig will tackle things in an organised, disciplined and methodical way.

In our industry, he is well known for his Estate Planning business, The Allocator software and for creating this professional community AFAN.

While the Financial Services industry faces incredible pressure, we can draw strength from this man. He is a landowner, Father, Husband and a firefighter, who almost lost everything on Monday 30 December 2019. Join us to hear Glenn's amazing story and how the support of his community, colleagues and family saved him.

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Register to attend and connect with your colleagues. 

10:00 am Thursday 28 May 2020 - Via Zoom

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