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Traditional farewell and welcome in Sydney to Fire Commissioners

Today I went to the transfer of command ceremony between retiring commissioner Greg Mullins AFSM and the new commissioner Paul Baxter NZIM. After serving 39 years with the NSW Fire and rescue (13yrs as Commissioner) this was Greg Mullins final formal duty, a symbolic closure and the start of a new era under Paul Baxter.

One of Sydney’s major streets was closed to allow for the assembled dignitary’s, guest, firefighters and people of New South Wales to watch the honour guard salute Greg and welcome Paul. Paul in his previous role as national commissioner of the New Zealand fire service had his own Moari honour guard to say farewell after 30 years with the NZ Fire Service.

After speeches of recognition for Greg’s service from the Governor and Minister, Greg handed to Paul the trappings of office, the commissioners helmet and an 1854 voice trumpet. This was followed by Greg presenting the Brigade Colours representing the final transfer of command.

Greg then mounted a 1924 pumper and with his wife Erris and left the parade ground, with a standing ovation, as retired Commissioner Mullins.

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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor