NSW Rural Fire Service
Assistant Commissioner Peter McKechnie is the Director Area Operations (Northern & Western) at the NSW Rural Fire Service. AC McKechnie joined the NSW Rural Fire Service in 1992 and has moved through the ranks to the position he holds today, currently now acting Executive Director of Operations.
The Director Area Operations leads Area and District teams to plan for, prepare and mitigate the impact of bush fires and other emergencies on the community. AC McKechnie also has responsibility for the Operational Capability and the NSW RFS Training Academy.
Throughout his time with the NSW RFS AC McKechnie has had a passion for the development of operational capabilities particularly relating to Incident management. AC McKechnie has been a part of Incident Management training since 2001, prior to this he focussed heavily on chainsaw training and advanced firefighter training in the Gosford District. AC McKechnie has represented the NSW RFS both across the country and internationally. AC McKechnie has participated in international programs in Singapore, Indonesia and the United States relating to Incident Management.
After having joined the Narara Brigade on the NSW Central Coast moved through the ranks to become Captain and then Deputy Group Captain, he took up a salaried position in 2003.
Prior to commencing his current role he held the roles of Manager State Operations & Aviation, District Manager - Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai, Region Operations Officer – Region East, Learning & Development Officer – Warringah/Pittwater and Operations Officer – Chifley Zone.
AC McKechnie has been a part of major fire incidents and other emergencies within NSW, interstate and overseas. He has previously been appointed to various operational roles including as a Incident Controller, Major Incident Coordinator and State Operations Controller. Further, AC McKechnie has also led Australian Deployments to the United States and Canada to assist local firefighting authorities.
AC McKechnie is a leader focussed on ensuring members are able to deliver quality services to the community and regularly travels across the state to visit members and ensure he is aware of the challenges they face. During the recent 2019/2020 fire season AC McKechnie when not leading State Operations would travel to IMTs to support them and learn what they were dealing with first hand.
AC McKechnie has been awarded the National Medal, Commissioners Commendation, NSW RFS Long Service Medal and has successfully completed a Graduate Diploma of Executive Leadership (Policing and Emergency Services).
Three children and his wife Nicole support AC McKechnie.
Thursday, November 5, 2020