Shane Fitzsimmons

Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM (born (1969-02-22)22 February 1969 in Sydney) is the Commissioner of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.[1][2] Prior to his appointment as Commissioner on 18 September 2007, Fitzsimmons served as Acting Commissioner between January and September.

Shane Fitzsimmons

New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner
Assumed office
18 September 2007
Preceded byPhil Koperberg AO AFSM
Personal details
Born (1969-02-22) 22 February 1969 (age 50)
Sydney, Australia
ProfessionNSW RFS Commissioner
WebsiteOur Commissioner


The new RFS headquarters in Carter Street, Homebush Bay.

Fitzsimmons joined the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) as a volunteer member of Duffys Forest Brigade in 1985. After qualifying as a motor mechanic he became a salaried officer in the Service in 1994, taking on the role of Regional Planning Officer for the Central East Region. He became State Operations Officer in 1996 and two years later was named Assistant Commissioner, Operations. This role later became expanded and restyled as Assistant Commissioner, Regional Management and Strategic Development. He was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in 2001.[3]

In 2004, Fitzsimmons became the inaugural visiting fellow of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council to the Australian Institute of Police Management. He held this role for 12 months.

After serving as Executive Director Operations and Regional Management, Fitzsimmons became Acting Commissioner in mid-2007 following previous Commissioner Phil Koperberg's resignation to take up a role in NSW Parliament. He was officially endorsed as NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner on 18 September.

Fitzsimmons received widespread and varied comments for his leadership during the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season.[4] after he commented that the volunteers of the RFS wouldn't want to be paid. He has, however, been praised by many for his high level of empathy, solemnity and calmness in an extremely difficult time.

Mr Fitzsimmons salary is estimated at $400k.


  1. ^ Spain, William (12 January 2013). "Fires continue to scorch Australia". Marketwatch. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  2. ^ Hayes, Isabel (11 January 2013). "NSW warned of weekend bushfire danger". Tha Australian. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  3. ^ [1] Official NSW Government Press Release
  4. ^ Australians praise NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons as fires rage ( - January 3, 2020