Steve commenced with the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service (NTFRS) on 5 September 2011 where he performs the dual role of Chief Fire Officer and Director.
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 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 holds postgraduate qualifications in Applied Management and Leadership along with a Diploma in Business Management. Steve is currently the President of the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO).