New firefighters welcomed as Commissioner retires after 38 years

Issued: 2 September 2016

NSW Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott has congratulated Fire & Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins AFSM on his retirement, as he welcomed 23 new recruits into the ranks at the State Training College in Alexandria today.

Mr Elliott joined Commissioner Mullins to applaud the new firefighters as they were accepted into one of Australia's most trusted professions.

He paid tribute to Commissioner Mullins, who has been the longest serving urban fire service chief in more than 100 years, and whose length of service is only surpassed by Chief Officer Alfred Webb in 1898.

Commissioner Mullins was the first person from the ranks to be appointed as both Fire Chief and Chief Executive Officer.

"Commissioner Mullins started his career with the NSW Fire Brigade in 1978 after serving as a bushfire brigade volunteer from 1972, and worked his way up through the ranks to take up the role of Commissioner in 2003," Mr Elliott said.

"I would like to thank Commissioner Mullins for all his hard work and dedication to the role, for being a dedicated public servant, and for leaving such an outstanding legacy."

Mr Elliott highlighted the comprehensive training each of the new recruits received and said they would soon join fire crews across greater Sydney.

"They have received advanced training in firefighting, road-crash rescue, high-angle rescue, advanced first aid, community risk management, fire science and hazardous materials response to help keep our communities safe," he said.

"I wish the graduating class well in what is an important, but sometimes dangerous, career and I thank them for choosing a profession dedicated to protecting lives, property and the environment of NSW."

Commissioner Mullins said he was confident the graduating class would uphold the high standards of integrity, courage and professionalism expected of a FRNSW firefighter.

"It is a pleasure to welcome these firefighters to the full-time ranks," he said.