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Our workforce and ranks

Staff composition: (by headcount)
  2015/16 2016/17
Full-time fire officers 3530 3517
Retained (ie on-call) fire officers 3327 3341
Administrative and trade staff 446 432
Community fire units 578 546
Community fire unit volunteers 6318 5891
Fire stations 337 335
Vehicles in the fire engine fleet 672 684
Accredited rescue crews 186 188

Chaplains

Fire and Rescue NSW (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.

Senior Chaplain Lyndsay Smith and his wife, Chaplain Dawn Smith, both Majors in the Salvation Army, provide counselling and referral services to firefighters throughout NSW, and, in some cases, to members of the public who are affected by major incidents.

Major Lyndsay Smith also conducts weddings, funerals and christenings for FRNSW firefighters, staff, retired personnel and their families.

Ranks

These insignia identify the ranks of FRNSW Permanent and Retained Firefighters.

Permanent Firefighters

Commissioner

Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner

Assistant Commissioner

Assistant Commissioner

Chief Superintendent

Chief Superintendent

Superintendent

Superintendent

Inspector

Inspector

Station Officer

Station Officer

Leading Firefighter

Leading Firefighter

Senior Firefighter 15 Years Service

Senior Firefighter 15 Years Service

Senior Firefighter

Senior Firefighter

Qualified Firefighter

Qualified Firefighter

Student

Student

Retained Firefighters

Captain

Captain

Deputy Captain

Deputy Captain

Retained Firefighter 15 Years Service

Retained Firefighter 15 Years Service

Retained Firefighter 10 Years Service

Retained Firefighter 10 Years Service

Retained Firefighter 5 Years Service

Retained Firefighter 5 Years Service