Rob Purcell was appointed to the role of Chief Fire Officer Airservices Australia Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS) in February 2020.
Airservices ARFFS has a team of more than 800 professional fire fighters and officers located at 27 of Australia’s busiest airports.
Rob has over 30 years’ experience as a career firefighter and officer in Victoria with experience in operations, community resilience, training and regional and state incident management.
Rob is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Fire Engineers. He has a passion for organisational change and community connection through sport.
Rob Purcell 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.