Trent joined the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) in Melbourne as a recruit firefighter in 1999 having previously been a fire communications dispatcher. Working as a firefighter and an officer at several stations across metropolitan Melbourne, he spent most of his time working at MFB’s No. 1 Station in East Melbourne.
In 2010, he undertook the role of Manager Strategic Analysis and Reporting where he oversaw MFB’s business intelligence and spatial analysis functions. During this time, he worked to improve fire station strategic location planning, community risk profiling and operational response performance outcomes.
Following promotion to the rank of Commander in 2013, Trent moved into the community development portfolio where he led the development of emergency risk management systems to assist emergency services and municipalities in assessing risks in the built environment. He then worked as a staff officer to the MFB Chief Officer and led the Office of the Chief Officer.
More recently as MFB’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Operational Learning and Development, Trent played a lead role in improving interoperability in Victoria by delivering the first combined recruit firefighter courses for both MFB and the Country Fire Authority whilst managing the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre. He was also responsible for MFB’s regulatory responsibilities in the built environment and for engagement with key regulators and industry bodies during his appointment as the Assistant Chief Fire Officer of Fire Safety. A key focus in this role was to improve firefighter and community safety around the non-compliant use of building materials, high-risk dangerous goods and high-risk waste and recycling sites. He then held a key sector reform leadership role in MFB’s transition to the newly formed Fire Rescue Victoria.
Most recently, Trent has taken up the role of Assistant Commissioner Community Safety with Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW). In this role, he has responsibility for FRNSW’s Community Safety portfolio covering a diverse range of functions including community education, fire safety, compliance, infrastructure and special hazards, fire investigation and research, community fire units, and FRNSW’s commercial training business ComSafe.
Trent has extensive operational experience at the Incident and Strategic level and has led responses to several major emergencies in both the built and natural environments. He has held leadership roles at a variety of major fires including large waste and recycling plant fires, bushfires, a high-rise building fire involving combustible cladding and numerous large industrial fires.