Rob McNeil has been a member of Fire and Rescue NSW for 31 years. Currently Rob holds the rank of Assistant Commissioner in the position of Director of Regional Operations, Fire and Rescue NSW. Rob currently leads the management of three Regional Area Commands consisting of 9 Zone Commands with over 150 fire stations, 2500 On Call firefighters and 300 career firefighters and has led the last two major Fire & Rescue NSW 'Winter Fire Safety' campaigns engaging all at risk areas of NSW's communities. He has been the manager of Fire and Rescue hazardous materials response unit, Officer in Charge of Recruit Training unit, a Hazmat Station Commander and Breathing Apparatus and Hazardous Materials instructor, chair of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authority Council Hazardous Materials Working Group, Chair of the NSW State Chemical Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Working Group and has played an active role in the development of skills in hazardous materials emergency response teams including the development and implementation of the NSW Radiation Exposure Management policy and procedures for emergency services. During the period from 2009 - 2010 Rob was the Assistant Director of Specialised Operations with Fire and Rescue NSW and played an active role in progressing Fire and Rescue's hazardous material and Urban Search and Rescue Capability. During his career he has played a major role in emergency management in the area of hazardous materials and has been the Hazmat commander or incident controller at numerous emergencies including chemical suicides impacting on critical infrastructure, train derailments involving dangerous goods, Bondi Junction high rise gas explosion and recently the Australian Task Force leader for the response to the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami. Rob McNeil has number of operational qualifications in the technical and management aspects of hazardous materials emergencies and academic qualifications in social science, management and leadership. He received an Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in 2010 for his contributions to emergency management of hazardous materials incidents.
Rob has three daughters and one son spanning 18 years and is resolved to the fact he will never be an expert in raising children.