Retired (former Fire & Rescue NSW)
Greg Mullins AO, AFSM retired in January 2017 as the longest serving Commissioner of Fire & Rescue NSW for more than a century, and the second longest serving since inception of the organisation in 1884. He was the first person to come from the ranks and serve as both Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest urban fire and rescue services in the world.
Greg commenced as a volunteer bushfire fighter in 1972, became a career firefighter in 1978, and served in a variety of front line and specialised positions, including as an Inspector in Newcastle / Lake Macquarie in 1993. He was appointed as Commissioner in July 2003. . He has a master’s degree in management, is a graduate of the US National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, the Oxford Strategic Leadership Program, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Leaders and Managers and of the Institution of Fire Engineers, and completed a Churchill Fellowship in 1995 He implemented a range of operational, governance and cultural reforms in FRNSW, including 50/50 male/female recruitment (the first and only fire service in Australia to take affirmative action), an Indigenous employment pathway, introduction of water-saving compressed air foam systems, robotics, drones, and real-time satellite tracking / dispatch of fire engines.
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (2018), and is a recipient of the Australian Fire Service Medal (2001), Police Commissioner’s Commendation for Service (2016), Fire Commissioner’s Commendation for Courageous Action (1994), Chief Officer’s Commendation (1991), and St Johns Ambulance Emergency Services Award (1991). When he retired he was President and Board Chair of the peak council for fire and emergency services in Australia and NZ, was a member of the NSW Government Climate Change Council, Deputy Chair of the NSW State Emergency Management Committee, a member of the State Rescue Board, the NSW Chief Executives Counter Terrorism Committee, and was the Australian Director of the International Fire Chiefs’ Association of Asia.
He is Chair of the NSW Ambulance Service Advisory Board and an active volunteer firefighter having re-joined Terrey Hills Rural Fire Brigade immediately upon retirement.
In 2018 Greg was invited to become a councillor with the Climate Council, and in 2019 formed Emergency Leaders for Climate Action together with 22 other former fire and emergency chiefs from every state and territory who share his concerns about extreme weather events driven by climate change and inaction by governments on emissions reduction.
Presented on 11th October 2019 at the inaugural Hunter Climate Summit (2019)