Mr Andrew James STARK AFSM Citation

Mr Andrew James STARK,
Bermagui NSW 2546

Mr Stark has provided out standing leadership, commitment and sustained dedication as a senior officer and volunteer in the NSW and ACT rural fire services, and has worked tirelessly to improve bush fire management at the state and national level. Mr Stark joined the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) as a volunteer in 1989 as member of the Warringah Headquarters Brigade where held a number of leadership roles, both within the brigade and the District, as he developed as a firefighter.

In 2003, Mr Stark took up a full-time position with the RFS as an Inspector (Operations) in the Bega Valley. Shortly after, he was promoted to Superintendent Far South Coast overseeing some of the most bushfire prone areas in south east Australia. During this time, he led many significant Incident Management Teams for bush fire emergencies across NSW as well as assisting on Kangaroo Island in 2007 and Victoria in 2009.

In late 2009, Mr Stark was appointment as Chief Officer of the ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS),leading a team that supports the functions of the ACTRFS. Mr Stark has engaged with key strategic bodies in Australia including the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Council as a representative on a number of committees, providing significant input into critical issues affecting the broader fire service community.

Last updated 4 November 2014