Shane Fitzsimmons to conclude role as Commissioner


After more than 12 years as Commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons will leave the NSW RFS this month to take up a new role in NSW Government.

From next month, Shane will be the Commissioner of Resilience NSW, a new disaster preparedness and recovery agency. Shane will also be the Deputy Secretary of Emergency Management in NSW.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said he was honoured to have the opportunity to continue to serve the people of NSW in this vital new 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. It will oversee and coordinate emergency management policy, service delivery and all aspects of disaster recovery at a state, national and international level,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“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.”

Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers will take up the Commissioner's role to see us through the next fire season.