Climate Councillor, The Climate Council
About Greg Mullins
Greg Mullins retired in January 2017 as the longest serving Chief 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, overseeing more than 6,800 firefighters based at 337 fire stations, 400 support staff, and 6,000 volunteers, dealing with fires, chemical spills, rescues, and natural disasters not only within NSW, but interstate and internationally through the Urban Search & Rescue Task Force. Mr Mullins commenced as a volunteer firefighter in 1972, became a career firefighter in 1978, and served in a variety of front line and specialised positions until his appointment 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. He completed a Churchill Fellowship in 1995 in the UK, Europe, Canada and USA, and was seconded to a major Australian industrial gases company as a Project Manager for 12 months in 1998. He implemented a range of operational, governance and cultural reforms in FRNSW, including 50/50 male/female recruitment, an Indigenous employment pathway, introduction of compressed air foam systems, robotics, drones, and real-time satellite tracking / dispatch of fire appliances. Awards include Officer of the Order of Australia (2018), 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 AFAC, Deputy Chair of the NSW State Emergency Management Committee, a member of the State Rescue Board, the NSW Chief Executives Counter Terrorism Committee, and the Australian Director of the International Fire Chiefs’ Association of Asia. He is a Climate Councillor, in 2019 formed Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, 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.