Local Canberra man, Gary Cheeseman grew up watching his father, Graham, run the business he’d created in 1992. The third of six sons, Gary always took a keen interest in working with Graham in his welding and fabrications shop on weekends and in school holidays. This nurtured Gary’s passion for fixing things, problem solving and taking on tricky projects.
Like many Canberrans, Gary entered the Public Service and worked in various federal departments until 1996. But Gary had a vision to build his own company, as his father had before him, and set about researching a potential growth area and gap in the market.
Gary had always noticed how legislation usually followed an incident or disaster, especially those which affected members of the community. He saw how industry standards often grew out of a workplace environment that required some form of regulation.
As the responses to fire and emergency situations were maturing, Gary realised he could help local businesses and other organisations fulfil their obligations regarding emergency planning and so help save lives in the process, without having the constrictions of a national service provider thrust upon them.
Thus FERST Training Solutions was born.
Gary has run the business since its inception ten years ago and has grown it from a two-man office in Canberra to employing six people and operating across three regions in two Australian jurisdictions.