Patron of the Foundation Hon Corey Wingard MP
The Hon Corey Wingard MP is Patron for the Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation(AFPP). Corey was elected to the South Australian Parliament as the Member for Mitchell in March 2014. Following the 2018 State Election Corey was re-elected to the new seat of Gibson and became Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services and Recreation, Sport and Racing.
Corey was born in South Australia and grew up in Oaklands Park, Kangaroo Island and Brighton. He attended Brighton Secondary School before studying at the University of South Australia.
Before entering State Parliament, Corey worked as a journalist, firstly at Channel 9 in Sydney and Melbourne and more recently, in the Adelaide newsroom of Channel 10.
Corey says one of the great things about his role as the Minister for Emergency Services is getting the chance to meet and work with the many courageous and hardworking people who make up the emergency services sector.
Corey is proud to support the APFF’s Shake the Boot campaign. This campaign is yet another example of the selfless community spirit shown by the Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation and the emergency services sector in South Australia.
Ambassador of the Foundation Brenton Ragless
Brenton Ragless is ambassador for the APFF and has a well-established connection with the state’s fire and emergency services. His interest with the fire service evolved from the age of five when he tagged along with his dad to the Eden Hills CFS Brigade.
On finishing Blackwood High School in 1993, Brenton followed in his father’s footsteps to become an active volunteer firefighter – which after eight years led to a full-time position as CFS Media Spokesperson providing commentary on fires and other disasters. This regular liaison between CFS and the media later opened the door in 2008 to Brenton becoming Channel 9’s weekday Weather Presenter for six years, and now News Anchor.
Brenton is also an ambassador for the CFS Foundation, and still provides support to SA’s fire services as an advocate for fire safety and prevention. Occasionally he responds with the Cherry Gardens Brigade to provide ground support for air operations over the Fire Danger Season.
While working at CFS Headquarters, Brenton wrote and produced numerous DVDs that were used for educational and promotional purposes. He also developed training packages on safe fireground practice for media.