The Opposition welcomes Brett Loughlin as South Australia’s newly minted Country Fire Service (CFS) chief officer.
Mr Loughlin replaces outgoing fire chief Mark Jones, who helped lead the state during the devastating 2019/20 bushfire season and will soon return to the United Kingdom.
The appointment of Mr Loughlin – a former CFS state duty commander who has held multiple senior firefighting positions since joining the NSW Rural Fire Service in 2015 – comes a little over two months until summer.
Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Adrian Pederick welcomed Mr Loughlin’s appointment.
“Mr Loughlin has already forged an impressive and respected career with the CFS, and his experience and skill will help lead our amazing volunteer service well in the future,” he said.
“Mr Loughlin worked closely with former federal police commissioner Mick Keelty on a crucial and comprehensive review into the CFS’ response to the 2019/20 fires that tragically ripped through our state.
“That review was quickly accepted by the former Liberal Government which acted swiftly on the recommendations, and 68 findings, with almost $100 million in funding dedicated to protecting lives and property.
“The $97.5m response was a much-needed investment in South Australia to keep our community safe and strong during bushfires.
“The former Liberal Government also provided additional support and resources for volunteers, including extra staff and equipment, better protection for critical assets, enhanced communications and state-of-the-art technology.
“We wish Mr Loughlin all the best as we head into the upcoming fire danger season, and we thank Mr Jones for all his hard work to protect our community.”