Country Fire Authority chief officer and CEO Steve Warrington has resigned from the CFA.
The CFA board accepted his resignation on Thursday. Mr Warrington was a CFA officer for more than 40 years and was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in 2017.
He was appointed Chief Officer of the CFA in 2016 also accepted the concurrent role of CEO in 2019.
The CFA board will appoint an interim CEO.
"Steve began his service as a CFA volunteer at Chelsea brigade in 1978 before joining the staff as a career firefighter in 1983," the CFA board said in a statement.
"He continued volunteering alongside his staff role for another 14 years, demonstrating outstanding commitment to both firefighting roles.
"Steve has been with CFA through Ash Wednesday, the 2009 Victorian Fires and provided strong, expert leadership through the recent 2019/20 fires, minimising the loss of lives and property.
"On behalf of the board, we thank Steve for his decorated service to the people of Victoria and wish him all the best for the future."