Sam joined the NSW RFS as a volunteer in1994 near Glen Innes in Northern NSW, serving as brigade Deputy Captain in 1994, Captain 1995-1999, and Group Officer 2000-2004. Sam was also a member of the Severn Shire Bushfire Management Committee 2000-2004.
In 2005 Sam began his career as a salaried officer as Inspector, Operations Namoi Gwydir based in Narrabri. Specialising in aviation his roles include Aviation Operations Coordinator (2006 – 2015) and Aviation Learning and Development Officer for the State Air Desk, NSW RFS Head Quarters, and NSW RFS State Large Air Tanker Coordinator (2015-2021). In May 2021 accepting the newly created role as State Airbase Coordinator.
Sam's knowledge and practical skills has seen him attend many air bases across Australia, Indonesia and North America. This led to Sam becoming a State level instructor, travelling the state providing training and passing on his knowledge to fellow aviation specialists.
Sam has developed, coordinated and trialled a model of Retardant and Suppressant Computer Automated Loading systems (RASCAL) to expedite the loading and dispatch of fixed wing firebombing aircraft that has enhanced safety for aircraft suppressant loaders, and provided better situational awareness of quantity and quality control to State Operations for the logistical resupply of firefighting suppressants to the airbase.