After acting on the front line of the devastating 2003 fires and making critical decisions during 2020's Black Summer, Rohan Scott has been appointed as chief officer of ACT Rural Fire Service.
Mr Scott previously held the role of acting chief officer of ACT RFS following the retirement of Joe Murphy in April 2020. ACT Emergency Services Minister Mick Gentleman said Mr Scott brings 20 years of experience to the role and said he was pleased to see him continue as chief officer over the next five years. Mr Scott begun his career at ACT RFS in the Molonglo brigade and has held volunteer roles including president, deputy, senior deputy and captain.
More recently Mr Scott was the director of operations at ACTRFS; a role he held during the Black Summer fires of the 2019-2020 season. ACT Emergency Services Agency commissioner Georgeina Whelan welcomed Mr Scott to the role.
"Taking the reins of the ACTRFS after our worst-ever bushfire season presented many challenges and opportunities," she said.
"Rohan has done an outstanding job in engaging our RFS volunteers and readying them for the 2020-21 bushfire season."
Mr Scott said the ACTRFS is an organisation that has been a part of his life for a "very long time".
"I'm looking forward to supporting our members and continuing to build a service ready for the environmental challenges ahead," he said.