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Our history

On 1 January 2011 the NSW Fire Brigades changed its name to Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW).

Today's FRNSW is a contemporary, service-based organisation which has grown significantly since first being established just on a hundred years ago.  

The new name more accurately reflects the wider scope of services offered to the community and proudly symbolises and supports the organisation’s vision for the future.

While our name and look changed in 2011, there has been no change to the way emergency services are delivered in NSW. Fire & Rescue NSW continues to be part of the state’s network of vital emergency services which work together 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to keep the community safe.   

Please be aware that in an emergency, the public should continue to access Fire & Rescue NSW by calling the Triple Zero (000) emergency number.

History of recent major incidents

Articles and case studies for major incidents can be found in our past Fire & Rescue News publications.

Fire Station History

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) was established on 14 February 1884.

Collectors items and memorabilia

Swap cards, badges, posters, figurines and other collectible items can all be obtained from the Museum of Fire website. [external link]