Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management 

New Chief Officer of the Tasmania Fire Service

1 July 2021

Following an extensive recruitment process, I am pleased to announce that Mr Dermot Barry has been appointed as the new Chief Officer of the Tasmania Fire Service and will commence on 2 August this year.

Mr Barry brings more than 35 years of emergency management experience in operation and senior executive roles, most recently as the Deputy Chief Officer of the South Australian State Emergency Service.

Before that, Mr Barry was Managing Director of Worldwide Public Safety at Microsoft in the USA; he practised as a Barrister/Solicitor at an Adelaide law firm and has almost 20 years of experience as a professional firefighter with South Australia Metropolitan Fire Service, where he achieved the rank of Assistant Chief Fire Officer.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has a plan to keep Tasmanians safe, and I am confident Mr Barry will continue this important work as he takes on the new role.