Brett Loughlin was appointed as the Chief Officer and Chief Executive of the South Australian Country Fire Service in October 2022.
In this role, he has responsibility for leading 13,500 staff and volunteers, across 425 Brigades to deliver professional fire and rescue services to 98% of South Australia. The CFS is an all-hazards fire and emergency service and provides the largest rescue, HAZMAT, and urban fire capability in the state – as well as responding to thousands of rural incidents each year.
Brett has held a variety of leadership roles in South Australia, and in the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, and has undertaken operational deployments to large emergency incidents across the country. He is a qualified Level 3 Incident Controller and has held senior state command positions during numerous significant incidents.
Brett has a passion for preparedness, operational excellence, and building positive and productive workplaces. He also represents the CFS and South Australia on numerous boards and inter-agency committees and is dedicated to working together to address the big challenges facing fire and emergency services.
Updates from the Fire and Emergency Group
Champions of Change Fire & Emergency
Brett Loughlin is a Member of the Champions of Change Fire & Emergency Group which was established in 2017 in partnership with the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC). The group includes Chief Executives and Commissioners leading more than 30 agencies responsible for fire, emergency and land management services across Australia and New Zealand. The group is committed to advancing gender equity, inclusive cultures and achieving significant and sustainable improvements in the representation of women in their workplaces.