Jacquie Petrusma,Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management
On behalf of all Tasmanians, I would like to extend my sincere best wishes and thanks to Chief Officer of the Tasmania Fire Service Chris Arnol who is retiring after a career spanning decades.
Mr Arnol has provided outstanding support and services to the Tasmanian community, particularly in our times of need and has worked tirelessly to keep Tasmanians safe since he joined the service 36-ago.
Since Mr Arnol commenced in the role of Chief Officer, Tasmania has recruited and trained 81 new career firefighters and enhanced its capacity to respond to bushfires in remote areas by incorporating volunteers into remote area teams.
Mr Arnol first joined the Tasmania Fire Service in 1985 and advanced through the ranks before moving to Western Australia in 2009 to take on the role of Assistant Commissioner with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
Mr Arnol returned to Tasmania in 2016 where he led Tasmania through the extremely challenging 2018-19 fire season and will leave a lasting legacy for the TFS.
Thank you Mr Arnol for your dedication and continued commitment to keeping Tasmanians safe.