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Who we are

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) (as of 1 January 2011) formerly the New South Wales Fire Brigades (NSWFB), created in 1910, is the State Government agency responsible for the provision of fire, rescue and hazmat services in cities and towns across New South Wales in accordance with the Fire Brigades Act 1989 [external link], the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act 1989 [external link] and other related legislation. The FRNSW is one of the key agencies involved in the response phase of most emergency or disaster events throughout NSW.

FRNSW is one of the world’s largest urban fire and rescue services and is the busiest in Australia. Our overriding purpose is to enhance community safety, quality of life, and confidence by minimising the impact of hazards and emergency incidents on the people, property, environment and economy of NSW.

Our highly-skilled fire officers and support staff provide rapid, reliable help in emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our aim is to save lives and reduce the number of injuries caused by emergencies and disasters. We also protect the environment and minimise damage to property, including major infrastructure. In partnership with the community and other emergency services, we strive hard to prevent emergencies, while at the same time planning and training to deal with those that do occur.

FRNSW has its headquarters and logistics support centre at 1 Amarina Ave, Greenacre; operational communication centres at Alexandria and Newcastle; a training college at Alexandria; a network of 337 fire stations across the State, a fleet of 667 firefighting vehicles and a contingent of 182 accredited rescue crews.

FRNSW currently has more than 6,800 firefighters; approximately 7,000 community fire unit members and 455 administrative and trades staff working together for a safer, confident community.

The Commissioner of Fire & Rescue NSW

Paul Baxter BBS, EFO, FIFireE, MNZIM has been selected to become the 22nd Commissioner of FRNSW following an international executive search and merit-based selection process. He will commence in the role in March or early April 2017, with Deputy Commissioner Jim Hamilton acting in the role of Commissioner in the interim. Mr Baxter succeeds Commissioner Greg Mullins who was at the helm for 13 years.
Read more about the Commissioner Paul Baxter here

Organisational structure

View our organisation structure.
Organisational structure

Our workforce

FRNSW consists of approximately 6,800 firefighters, 7,000 community fire unit members and 455 administrative and trades staff.
More about our workforce

Committees and other strategic alliances

FRNSW works closely with other emergency and support services through the State Emergency Management Committee and State Rescue Board, the Fire Services Joint Standing Committee and the Bushfire Coordinating Committee and other strategic alliances.
Committees and other strategic alliances

Ranks and insignia

Table showing the various ranks within FRNSW, along with their insignia.
Ranks and insignia

Fire & Rescue NSW Chaplains

FRNSW employs two Chaplains to support and counsel firefighters, other staff, retired personnel and their families, who are facing a personal or family crisis or are having problems dealing with a difficult incident.
Fire & Rescue NSW Chaplains