Barry joined the FCV at Orbost in 1966 after qualifying as a motor mechanic, and he first worked on the Errinundra Road project prior to becoming responsible for maintaining the Orbost District vehicle fleet.
He then had a short period at Bruthen, maintaining that District's heavy plant, before transferring to the FCV Main Plant Workshop at Newport.
He joined the FCV's Transport Branch in 1970, and in 1971 became the Assistant Fire Equipment Officer at the North Altona Fire Equipment Development Centre. He became the OIC of the Centre in 1984.
He went on to become a leader, in the FCV and successor agencies, in terms of fire equipment development. His skills were recognised both nationally and internationally, and his contributions were highly regarded.
In 1995 he was sent to Western Samoa at the request of the Overseas Project Corporation to train new fire recruits in the use of Class A foam.
Barry was the recipient of an AFSM in 1988, and in 2012 he was awarded an (AM) for "service to public land in Victoria and to the development of innovative equipment."
He retired in 2010.