SA appoints new Country Fire Service boss

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The South Australian government has promoted from within with the appointment of a new chief of the state's Country Fire Service.

Brett Loughlin will take over as chief officer in October.

He replaces Mark Jones, who will return to the United Kingdom.

Mr Loughlin has held multiple roles since he joined the CFS in 2015 including regional commander and director of regional operations.

Before joining the CFS, he worked in the NSW Rural Fire Service.

"Mr Loughlin is an astute professional and born leader with years of experience," Emergency Services Minister Joe Szakacs said.

"He will be essential to driving the CFS forward and working with an incredible team to deliver positive results for our state."

Coming from the UK, Mr Jones was a somewhat controversial appointment in 2019 but led the CFS with distinction through major bushfires in the Adelaide Hills and on Kangaroo Island during the 2019/20 summer.

Announcing his decision to leave in June, he said he had enjoyed the challenges of working in SA but the distance from his wider family in the UK was a heavier burden than expected.

"I have been truly lucky to have had the unique experience of working with the great staff and volunteers of the CFS that are the lifeblood of the organisation," he said.