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Executive Officer: Steve Rothwell

Steve commenced as the Executive Officer with ARRO on 11 March 2016 after retiring from the Fire and Rescue industry after nearly 39 years. Steve was previously with the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service as the Chief Fire Officer/Director where he served for 4.5 years. His fire service career began on 1 September 1977 with the ACT Fire Brigade where he served in Operations, Community Safety, Training and various support roles before moving to Mackay and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) in November 1993. During Steve's term with QFRS he again served in similar roles as in the ACT however undertook a more senior role within the Brisbane South Region in 1997 before being promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner for the South Western Region in 2002. Prior to leaving the QFRS, Steve occupied the role of Assistant Commissioner Rural Operations where he was responsible for and provided leadership to the State's Rural Fire Service and its 34,000 volunteers.

Steve was also the Queensland State sponsor for the Road Accident Rescue (RAR) Committee which manages a range of RAR issues on behalf of QFRS and the Department of Emergency Services. This committee is committed to advancing RAR issues and in particular has a focus on research and development, training, curriculum development, vehicle construction and extrication techniques. Under Steve's leadership this led to both regular regional challenges as well as the development of training DVDs and research into improved crash simulation techniques for enhanced realism in training.

Steve was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in 2005 for his leadership in advancing the portfolios of training, community safety and officer development. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Graduate of the Institute of Fire Engineers and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds postgraduate qualifications in Applied Management and Leadership along with a Diploma in Business Management.

Steve has been a committee member of ARRO since 2002 and has held various portfoilos including membership coordinator and Treasurer. Steve was elected President in July 2009, stepping down at the AGM of 2015 at the NT hosted ARC in Alice Springs.


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