Richard (Mac) McNamara Regional Manager Rural for Fire & Emergency New Zealand
I started my working life in Nth Otago in agricultural science before moving to Invermay Research Station Mosgiel to work in the field of soil physics. After 18 years in research I moved onto land management for DOC in the Mackenzie Country - Sth Island, working on wilding pine spread in tussock grasslands and assessing Himalayan Tahr populations in the Southern Alps.
In Twizel, I gained the position of Programme Manager for recreation assets and fire management. I did this for 10 years which included wildfire operations deployments to the USA, Australia and throughout NZ. I took the role of Chief Ranger/Area Manager at Aoraki Mount Cook for 5 more years, which included national park managment, alpine search and rescue oversight and the role of Principal Fire Officer of the Mt Cook Industrial Brigade. I took on my current position as PRFO in 2012.
From 1 July 2017 I will fill the role of Regional Manager Rural for Region 4 of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
I am a fire aviation specialist for one of NZ's Wildfire National Incident Management Teams and currently am the NZ rep on the Fire and Emergency Service Aviation Technical Group of AFAC (Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Council).
Little known fact: My family come from India, with roots going back to before the first world war.