Mark Jones QFSM joined Grampian Fire Brigade in Northern Scotland in 1985 and served in various roles, achieving the position of Assistant Firemaster in 2004. He enjoyed secondments to the national training school as an instructor and to Her Majesty’s Fire Service Inspectorate as an inspector.
Mark Jones QFSM moved to Essex in England in 2005 as Deputy Chief Fire Officer and became Chief Fire Officer of Buckinghamshire in 2010, leading many improvements in that role. He has been involved in Bushfire as a specialist for many years and has served on several committees of experts and working groups. He has made presentations on bushfire to many national agencies and has made speeches on wildfire policy at both the European Union and United Nations Headquarters.
After retiring from the UK Fire and Rescue Service, Mark moved to Australia and served as the ACT Emergency Services Agency’s “Director of Strategic Reform” for two years before returning to the UK. His most recent role there was London Ambulance Service’s “Head of Resilience and Specialist Assets” in which he oversaw the preparations for, and responses to, large scale emergencies, events and terror related incidents. His career has spanned roles in emergency planning and disaster management, operational Fire Command, Fire Safety and Training.
Mark Jones QFSM assumed command of South Australia’s Country Fire Service in October 2019.
Mark Jones QFSM 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.