It is the end of an era for the NSW Rural Fire Service as Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons departs the organisation today after more than three decades.
Commissioner Fitzsimmons left a lasting legacy with the service, spending the last 12 years as its leader and helping the state through several devastating bushfire seasons.
This past summer fire season was among the worst on record, with numerous catastrophic blazes costing people their lives and property, while more than a billion animals were estimated to have perished.
Commissioner Fitzsimmons has now left the RFS to take on a new role within the NSW Government as head of the Resilience NSW Agency, an initiative that will drive world-leading disaster preparedness and recovery approach for the community.
Commissioner Fitzsimmons said he was honoured to have the opportunity to continue to serve the people of NSW in this vital role and to work alongside the leadership of the state’s combat agencies.
“Resilience NSW will lead the whole-of-government prevention, preparedness and recovery effort,” he said.
“It will oversee and coordinate emergency management policy, service delivery and all aspects of disaster recovery at a state, national and international level.
“There was never a more important time to make sure that communities devastated by drought, bushfires and now COVID-19 are getting the help they need to rebuild and recover.”
For more details about the Resilience NSW Agency, visit the NSW Government website.