SES Units follow a similar Unit structure across Victoria. Units are run by a Controller. The Controller is supported by a number of Deputy Controllers. This number depends on the size of the unit. Then other Officers are in charge of certain Sections, and are sometimes called Section Leaders.
At Lilydale we have a Controller, 3 Deputy Controllers or “DC” (Operations, Training and Admin), an Administration Officer, 1 Section Leader- Equipment and Logistics, 2 Training Officers (1 for General Rescue and 1 for Road Rescue) and Several Team Leader
Controller: Shaun Caulfield: (2018- present)
Shaun joined the VicSES in 1988 with the Croydon (now Maroondah) as a ‘junior’ member. After becoming Communications Officer in 1991, he remained in that role until he transferred to the Northcote unit in August 2000. Shaun then joined the Lilydale Unit in early 2002, and took on the Communications Officer role there in late 2002, holding that and the Operations Officer roles until 2014, when he became Deputy Controller – Operations.
Shaun has a long family history within VicSES. Both his Father (Ed) and Grandfather (Albert) as well as his uncle Doug, were members of the Civil Defence, which went on the become the Victoria State Emergency Service in May of 1975. Upon his successful application to join the Paid Staff of the newly Formed VicSES, Ed was issued a service number of “4”, something he was extremely proud of.
When not involved with SES, Shaun is the proud father of 3 boys and husband to an amazingly supportive wife Mandy, who is also a member of the unit. Shaun is also a Paramedic of 18 years and works closely with Local Rescue providers and Paramedics to enhance service delivery by combining his 2 interests.
Awards: National Emergency Medal (Victorian Fires 2009), National Medal (and clasp), SES Long Service Medal 25 Years.
Former Controller (Now DC – Admin): Colin Matheson ESM is the current Controller of the Lilydale SES. Colin has served as Controller from 2005-2017. Colin has 42 years of Service to his community through the VicSES as well as a long and distinguished Career with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.
Colin was awarded the Emergency Services Medal (ESM) for his prolonged and diligent service to the community and the SES, as well as his work with AFIRE, volunteering his time to train FireFighters in Third World countries in fire and rescue skills. Colin is married with 3 adult children.
Awards: Emergency Services Medal, National Emergency Medal, National Medal for Service and 2 clasps, SES Long service Medal – 35 years