Chris Arnol AFSM has more than 30 years’ experience in fire and emergency services. He joined Tasmania Fire Service in 1985 and advanced through the ranks to become an Executive Fire Officer before moving to Western Australia in 2009.
In Tasmania he played a lead role in establishing Tasmania’s Vertical Rescue and Road Crash Rescue capability. He helped develop the national Public Safety Training Package that emergency services use today.
After moving to WA, Chris helped drive significant business reforms in the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. As an Assistant Commissioner he was responsible for SES, Fire & Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service and Marine Rescue services in regional WA. He later turned his attention to emergency management planning, introducing bushfire risk management planning regimes and integrated operational systems.
Chris Arnol has been deployed operationally interstate and overseas on many occasions. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Management (Flinders University); is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and is also a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers. Chris has also completed Harvard University’s Crisis Leadership program. Where Chris was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for studies in urban interface firefighting in 2007.
Chris was appointed Chief Officer of Tasmania Fire Service on 21 March 2016.
Chris Arnol 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.