Patron of the Foundation Minister Peter Malinauskas
Peter recently became the Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety, Minister for Police and Minister for Correctional Services. Peter is honoured to have been asked to be Patron
of the Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation and is looking forward to working with the Foundation to further their work in assisting burns and road trauma survivors and firefighter
members and their families.
As a firm believer in the importance of family and community Peter has spent all of his working life working with both employees and employers in the retail industry to find a balance that
benefits all South Australians. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Adelaide and prior to entering the Legislative Council, Peter was the State Secretary of the SDA. In
this role he was the driver behind the historic changes to shop trading hours in the CBD and the creation of two part-day day public holidays on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In Peter’s spare time, he can often be found at a Port
Power game or out on the footy field with his beloved Adelaide Uni (The Blacks). Peter’s great love is his family. Peter and his wife Annabel have one daughter Sophie.
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.