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Who we are

Fire and Rescue NSW (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 , the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act 1989  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 a central office in Elizabeth Street, Sydney; a logistics support centre at Greenacre; operational communication centres at Alexandria, Newcastle, Wollongong and Katoomba; a training college at Alexandria; a network of 338 fire stations across the State and a fleet of 637 firefighting vehicles.

FRNSW currently has more than 6,900 firefighters; approximately 6,000 community fire unit members and 418 administrative and trades staff working together for a safer, confident community.

Key topics

  • The Commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW

    Greg Mullins was appointed as Commissioner of the NSW Fire Brigades (now FRNSW) on 4 July 2003. He is the first person in the history of the NSWFB to be appointed as both Chief Fire Officer and CEO, and to have come from the ranks.
    Read more about the Commissioner Greg Mullins AFSM here


  • Organisational structure

    View our organisation structure.
    Organisational structure

  • Our workforce

    Fire and Rescue NSW consists of approximately 6,900 firefighters, 6,000 community fire unit members and 418 administrative and trades staff.
    More about our workforce


  • Committees and other strategic alliances

    Fire and Rescue NSW 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 Fire and Rescue NSW, along with their insignia.
    Ranks and insignia

  • Fire and Rescue NSW Chaplains

    Fire and Rescue NSW 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 and Rescue NSW Chaplains