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Christopher

Christopher ARNOL AFSM

Year of Award: 2007 Award State: Tasmania Emergency Services > Fire And Rescue
The Lord Mayor's Bushfire Appeal Churchill Fellowship to examine contemporary methods for managing bushfires that directly threaten the urban environment - USA, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece
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Chris was the first Tasmanian firefighter to be awarded a Churchill Fellowship. In 2007 he applied to the Trust seeking to examine firefighting operations on the urban/bush interface in countries that experience bushfire disasters similar to those of Australia. Of course, bushfires threaten multiple dwellings very quickly and often overwhelm emergency services. With Australia’s ever-expanding urban environment and climate change, experts predicting longer and more intense summer bushfire seasons, rural- urban interface fires continue to dog society; fire agencies often have to work together in extremely complex, if not chaotic, firefighting situations.

Chris’s objective was to bring order to chaos through sound command and operating systems. He found that fire agencies in the USA and Europe had developed specific firefighting approaches to deal with rural-urban interface fires, and subsequently implemented them in both Tasmania and Western Australia.

Moreover, Chris has managed to influence the fire industry, through the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, to unite fire agencies across Australia in their approach to urban interface fires. This year the firefighting industry in our country will adopt standardised defensive firefighting strategies and tactics.

Chris started his fire service career with the Tasmania Fire Service in 1985, and progressed through the ranks to Deputy Regional Chief before moving to Western Australia as an Assistant Commissioner. He recently returned to Tasmania as the newly appointed Chief Officer of the Tasmania Fire Service.

Outside work Chris enjoys drawing and painting. Although fundamentally a figurative artist he loves surrealism, and in recent years has begun to exhibit and sell his work. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016)  

Awards and Honours

  • 2019 awarded Australian Fire Service Medal for Tasmania Fire Service.
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