THE Shoalhaven Rural Fire Service welcomed a new boss last week when Mark Williams took over from Ian Stewart.
Mr Williams has had a quarter of a century of fire fighting experience and has already started work as the new head of the Shoalhaven Rural Fire Service.
Mr Williams said it has been an easy transition since he has been working for the Shoalhaven branch for the past eight years.
“I have been working as the acting district manager for the last 12 months and I then put in an application to do the job permanently,” said Mr Williams.
“I’d like to do more in the district, move forward and increase the level of service we provide to the volunteers and to the community,” he said.
Mr Williams started his career on the northern beaches of Sydney, and before spending the last eight years in Shoalhaven, has worked in Murrurundi, Moree and the Blue Mountains.
Fire control management in the Shoalhaven is a big challenge according to Mr Williams because of the threat of blazes sweeping in from the vast tracts of bushland to the west.
Ian Stewart has been appointed to lead RFS operations at Tumut in the Snowy Mountains.