Employee support

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program offers an external service that provides professional and confidential counselling for a broad range of personal problems that may affect the health, safety and work performance of all employees.

These services are provided externally, free-of-charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Appointments can be made for telephone counselling or face to face counselling.

The contact number is 1300 360 364

Critical Incident Support Program

The Critical Incident Support Team offers help to employees who are affected by individual traumatic incidents or a cumulative effect over their career. It can be accessed through the peer support model, and is staffed by personnel who volunteer their time.

The Wellbeing Coordinator, David Tchappat manages the Critical Incident Support Team and can be contacted on 0448 295 725 or (02) 9265 3910 or alternatively by email on

FRNSW 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. During and after serious incidents, the Chaplains also ensure firefighters have access to the support they need.

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

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Community support information

Members of the public often help and assist on the scene of traumatic events. These events can be mentally and emotionally demanding. Everyone reacts differently after they witness or are involved in a traumatic event.
Click here to learn how to get support.

Employees Relief and Welfare Fund

The Relief & Welfare Fund supports members during times of hardship. Membership is open to all permanent firefighters, retained firefighters and administrative and trades staff.

Learn more about the Employees Relief and Welfare Fund

FRNSW Retirees Peer Support Program

The Fire and Rescue Retirees Peer Support Program is available to all former employees regardless whether exit was for retirement, medical discharge or other reasons.

Learn more here: