2024 Election Candidates

Candidates for the 2024 FBEU State Committee of Management have been offered the opportunity to provide short bios to support their candidacies.

They have been ordered according to the drawn ballot.

All candidates are listed and this page will be updated as candidate bios are submitted. If you are a candidate wishing to have a bio listed, please email office@fbeu.net.

President

Jim Casey

I am a Senior Firefighter at 012 Balmain and former FBEU State Secretary (2009-2016) and Vice President (2006-2009).

In this election FBEU members face a clear choice.

Our current officials have failed us with financial blowouts, scandals and in 2021, the lowest pay rise in over 30 years. Last year, Teachers and Ambos won pay rises of 8% and more through industrial pressure. Our current leadership instead took no action and, without asking us, pumped over $1 million into NSW Labor’s election before eventually settling for an underdone 4%.

Members need a pay rise now, not in 6 months’ time. Our Wilmott-Casey team will fight for an 8% pay rise this year and come back for more again in 2025.

Our team will restore democracy in our Union with more general meetings (remember them?), electronic voting and the maintenance of 3 year terms for all officials. We will publish detailed finances so members know exactly where the money is going and we will treat the Union’s finances as they should be treated – as members’ money, not our own.

Help fix our Union. Vote 1 Jim CASEY for President.

For more on our team see www.wilmottcasey24.com (This links to an external website)

Mick Johnsen

Being the President of a Union like ours is a demanding job that I have loved every minute of. From advocating for Firefighters at the Emergency Services Academy, to ensuring the delivery of more training for Retained Firefighters, to the media appearances at rallies, it really has been an absolute privilege.

This State Committee has achieved a lot, with the Consultative provisions being one of the more important ones which has led to the creation of sub-committees where FRNSW and FBEU experts meet to discuss matters of mutual importance, with member input, before those matters are implemented in the workforce.

This has allowed us to bring members into decision-making and make sure your employer is acting honestly and transparently. The Joint Consultative Committee has seen many great outcomes, and chairing these meetings is a great way to ensure our membership is heard.

I’ve put my hand up because my work isn’t done. I still have a lot to offer members. I am a fresh face with a country perspective. I work closely with all SCOM officials to make sure we collectively reach the right outcome for FBEU members.

Please consider voting for me so I can continue this important work.


Senior Vice President

Marty Dixon

I’m the current Inner West Sub Branch Secretary, where I’ve served for several terms where I worked tirelessly to resolve local issues and to ensure my members were well represented on the state committee.

During 2021, I was selected by the State Committee to fill the vacated State Secretary role, ensuring the business of the Union continued during a difficult transition phase, focusing re-establishing the member-led processes the Union had been building.

I’m proud to be part of a State Committee that has delivered so much for Permanent and Retained Firefighters across NSW, with member engagement at the forefront of all decisions made, putting us in a position to settle an even more ambitions log of claims for 2024, which we are fighting for right now.

I’m running for Senior Vice President because I would like to offer my skills and experience to all FBEU members, and with my take on additional responsibilities. My track record speaks for itself and I know that I will be able to deliver for FBEU members even more if I’m successful.

I’m looking forward to continuing the great work of the State Committee if I’m elected and I would appreciate your support.

Travis Broadhurst

I am a Leading Station Officer at 228 Berkeley Vale and former FBEU Vice President (2006-2012) and D&D Fund director.

In this election FBEU members face a clear choice.

Our current officials have failed us with financial blowouts, scandals and in 2021, the lowest pay rise in over 30 years. Last year, Teachers and Ambos won pay rises of 8% and more through industrial pressure. Our current leadership instead took no action and, without asking us, pumped over $1 million into NSW Labor’s election before eventually settling for an underdone 4%.

Members need a pay rise now, not in 6 months’ time. Our Wilmott-Casey team will fight for an 8% pay rise this year and come back for more again in 2025.

Our team will restore democracy in our Union with more general meetings (remember them?), electronic voting and the maintenance of 3 year terms for all officials. We will publish detailed finances so members know exactly where the money is going and we will treat the Union’s finances as they should be treated – as members’ money, not our own.

Help fix our Union. Vote 1 Travis BROADHURST for Senior Vice President.

For more on our team see www.wilmottcasey24.com (This links to an external website)


Junior Vice President

Gabrielle Lee

I’ve been a firefighter for 7 years and have represented the Sydney South Sub-Branch on SCOM for the past 3 years. I’ve advocated for members at every opportunity and worked with my executive, delegates and the current officials to deliver better outcomes for not only my members but for all.

Prior to my career as a firefighter, I’ve worked in HR for FRNSW and have a sound understanding of the organisations structures, systems and processes.

I have a sound knowledge of the industrial relations act, along with our union’s rules, policies and procedures. I

understand how we can legally operate and therefore how to follow through on our objectives.

I am running as an independent and if elected I will have the opportunity to expand my reach to advocate for all members.

My intentions if elected:

  • Progress the 2024 log of claims
  • Grow our delegate structure to ensure consultation is at the forefront of any decision making
  • Meet with MP’s and lead the fight to expand our presumptive legislation (9 additional cancers & PTSD)
  • Review and support processes to ensure our members are seeing the results of our commitments in real time

Rodney Dever

No Bio received yet.

Benjamin Buckingham

I am a Senior Firefighter attached to 094 Kellyville and former FBEU Sydney Outer-West Sub-Branch Secretary.

In this election FBEU members face a clear choice.

Our current officials have failed us with financial blowouts, scandals and in 2021, the lowest pay rise in over 30 years. Last year, Teachers and Ambos won pay rises of 8% and more through industrial pressure. Our current leadership instead took no action and, without asking us, pumped over $1 million into NSW Labor’s election before eventually settling for an underdone 4%.

Members need a pay rise now, not in 6 months’ time. Our Wilmott-Casey team will fight for an 8% pay rise this year and come back for more again in 2025.

Our team will restore democracy in our Union with more general meetings (remember them?), electronic voting and the maintenance of 3 year terms for all officials. We will publish detailed finances so members know exactly where the money is going and we will treat the Union’s finances as they should be treated – as members’ money, not our own.

Help fix our Union. Vote 1 Benjamin BUCKINGHAM for Junior Vice President.

For more on our team see www.wilmottcasey24.com (This links to an external website)


State Secretary

Adam Dewberry

If elected as your State Secretary, I will immediately start working to make the FBEU more strategic, transparent, and inclusive. I have a real concern with the current and past representation of retained firefighters by our union.

Retained firefighters make up nearly half of our operational workforce. Having worked in and around the retained firefighter workforce for decades, I am well placed to see that our on-call firefighters have been either ignored or left behind by our union.

For too long, the department and the government of the day have relied on the goodwill of our retained firefighters to protect their communities; THIS MUST STOP.

This will not be at the expense of resources taken away from permanent members it will be achieved by working smarter.

I will continue to protect current and hard-fought conditions for all, this is not negotiable.

As the Operational Media Coordinator, I have a long list of contacts in the media and government. However, these contacts are only useful if you have their respect, which I can confidently attest to. If elected State Secretary, I will have no hesitation in picking up the phone to get the FBEU agenda on the government and public forums.

Leighton Drury

I’m your current State Secretary and I’m asking you to vote for me in this year’s FBEU elections.

Since becoming State Secretary in 2016, I have worked tirelessly day-in, day-out to make sure that the interests of FBEU Members are being not just looked after but expanded and protected in every way possible.

I have cultivated important contacts in Government, the Opposition and the Crossbench to prosecute our issues, such as securing new Awards, expanding presumptive cancer legislation, and stopping other agencies from getting anywhere near our core work.

In the 2023 Awards, we secured new consultative provisions that are stronger than we have ever seen before, locked in 8 Firefighters to all structure fires that FRNSW responds to state-wide, reformed Operational Support to become Non-Station Based with increased pay, and created an exclusive Retained to Permanent Pathway so that our members can gain permanent roles.

The 2024 Log of Claims, generated and supported by our membership, is massive and requires a steady hand to make sure it gets done. I will continue taking the fight to Government to make sure we deliver on what our members have voted for.

A vote for me is a vote for continued progress.

Dane Wilmott

I am a QF at 011 Woollahra and community and union activist with hands on experience as a CFMEU worksite delegate.

In this election FBEU members face a clear choice.

Our current officials have failed us with financial blowouts, scandals and in 2021, the lowest pay rise in over 30 years. Last year, Teachers and Ambos won pay rises of 8% and more through industrial pressure. Our current leadership instead took no action and, without asking us, pumped over $1 million into NSW Labor’s election before eventually settling for an underdone 4%.

Members need a pay rise now, not in 6 months’ time. Our Wilmott-Casey team will fight for an 8% pay rise this year and come back for more again in 2025.

Our team will restore democracy in our Union with more general meetings (remember them?), electronic voting and the maintenance of 3 year terms for all officials. We will publish detailed finances so members know exactly where the money is going and we will treat the Union’s finances as they should be treated – as members’ money, not our own.

Help fix our Union. Vote 1 Dane WILMOTT for State Secretary.

For more on our team see www.wilmottcasey24.com (This links to an external website)

Andrew Townsend

Very Edited version.

I am an independent candidate. I am not affiliated with any other members standing at this election or political party.

  • will introduce a code of conduct for all members of SCOM, as elected officials we need to be held to a higher standard.
  • believe transparency and member input.
  • will guarantee level of communication to the FBEU office, enquiries will be answered or returned.
  • will be guided by you the members, I will ensure SCOM is guided by you, the members, after all it is your union.
  • do not believe we should attach ourselves to any one particular party because as you have seen in the past 12 months, things can come unstuck.
  • believe we are now professionals, we now need to be paid as professionals, we are not cleaners, gardeners, Ambos, RFS, SES, VRA. If the government want us to back up those agencies, they will need to pay us, and pay us well.

Fiscal responsibility is paramount when you are spending members money.

We work in a dangerous industry, we should be paid accordingly, We are risking developing life altering or ending cancers, ALL CANCERS, should be considered deemed illness, plus stress related illnesses, PTSD.

Andrew.townsend@fire.nsw.gov.au

Andrew Fraser

I am running for the position of State Secretary of the Union as an independent. I decided to do this as I am deeply concerned with the effect that factionalism is having on the effectiveness of the Union.

I have worked with FRNSW for 29 years across many areas and this has provided me with a unique perspective of the variety of issues we face.

We need to focus on:

  • Firefighter decontamination after incidents.
  • Firefighter management of heat stress with the new PPC
  • Mental health
  • PTSD – what can be done to identify and minimise this across all areas of the Organisation.
  • Peer Support workers – Ensuring that they have all the support that they need, look at payment for these roles
  • Confidentiality – Protection of Firefighters information. Particularly during any FRNSW assessment or investigation.
  • Reviewing FRNSW processes to ensure transparency and fairness
  • Expansion of the presumptive legislation for cancer
  • Wages and conditions
  • Retained D&D review to be carried out with consultation of members.
  • Award enforcement – ensure that the current award is being enforced.

I am a passionate advocate who is relentless in my pursuit of safety, fairness and accountability within FRNSW.


Illawarra Sub-Branch Secretary

Andrew Clark

No Bio received yet.

Andrew Haas

Hello fellow FBEU members. I’m a senior firefighter based at 488 Shellharbour Hazmat.

I have been actively involved with the FBEU for over 20 years as station delegate (55 Guildford, 805 Wollongong Communications); FBEU delegate South Coast Labour Council; member of the ISB executive & ISB Secretary 2015 -2020.

I firmly believe that the FBEU is run by the members, for the members.

It is YOU that keep all of SCOM accountable. This is why I fully supported the effort to grow the delegate network whilst on SCOM and continue to do so now.

We are a unique industry and our union should also be unique. Do we want to be a copy of other unions or a strong, independent union? That is the choice we are facing here.

It won’t matter who is successful amongst the candidates in this election, as a SCOM member I will work with ALL SCOM members to ensure that you get what you pay for – proper governance, proper representation, proper advocacy.

I will work to improve our health & safety, expand cover for cancers, improve station amenities and FBEU accountability.

Vote 1 Andrew Haas for Illawarra Sub Branch Secretary!


Sydney Outer West Sub-Branch Secretary

Bobby Callow

No Bio received yet.

Aidan Cook

If elected I will bring over a decade of experience with FRNSW, currently serving as a Station officer within the ESA. With prior experience as a Leading Firefighter in the MW1 Zone, I possess a comprehensive understanding of operational challenges and concerns. My primary focus will be to enhance engagement within the sub-branch. This entails organizing regular face-to-face and online meetings, ensuring delegates are informed, and providing support to members should the need arise. Transparency and accessibility within our union are paramount, and I aim to make subcommittees and the Joint Consultative Committee more accessible to members. Advocating for greater wage increases and improved protection against firefighter risks, particularly concerning presumptive legislation and PTSD, will be a priority. I also aim to establish a clearer pathway for on-call firefighters to transition to permanent roles. With an independent and collaborative approach, I am committed to prioritizing the needs of members and advocating for their best interests. I seek your support to bring energy and advocacy to both the subbranch and the broader membership through a position on SCOM. Thank you for considering my candidacy, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve our membership moving forward.


Country Sub-Branch Secretary

Tim Anderson

My name is Tim Anderson, I’ve been a Firefighter for 25 years and I am asking for your support to continue as the Country Sub-Branch secretary of the FBEU, a position I’ve held for 16 years.

I Believe that FBEU members being at the centre of the decision making process, cohesion, healthy debate and differing ideas are the keys to a powerful SCoM.

I have built relationships with the independents and minor parties who have the balance of power in a minority labour Government.

Significant achievements:

  • Worker friendly IR legislation and improved the deemed illness legislation.
  • Gained a commitment from Labor for 600 additional firefighter positions
  • Improved fire station amenities and addressing the state of the fleet which is getting older and breaking down more frequently
  • Increase FRNSW budget by $120 million.
  • Better Retained, Permanent and D&D awards to improve wages and conditions.
  • Changes to the Health Checks that was creating stress & anxiety for firefighters to a more collaborative and health focused model utilising your trusted GP.
  • Demanding a 20% pay rise over 3 years.
  • Work value to push for significant additional pay rises

Support me to continue the work that we have been doing for all FBEU members.

Abraham Barnard

No Bio received yet.


Retained Sub-Branch Secretary

Gerard Conway

I have been a retained firefighter at Mittagong since 2005. Deputy Captain from 2007 then Captain from 2012. Mittagong attends around 300 calls a year, a mix of incidents due to our location and growing infrastructure / population.

We have both RFS and SES responding into our area and us into theirs, along with two other adjoining retained stations, the mix can be dynamic.

My 19 plus years has seen me be exposed to the full retained experience. I take pride in me and my stations stance in the face of at times concerted influence to not stay the line.

We are no pushover, and I’m very proud of the integrity and courage shown by my crew. We are a progressive station.

Outside of station, I have run businesses since leaving school, from hospitality to construction to workplace training. I’m the business manager/ partner in a Nurse Next Door franchise. I am passionate about retained, their communities and the way we protect them.

If elected I will push for change that’s been long coming, to improve that protection and enable retained to better perform their duties, and to be compensated and rewarded properly. I will be a strong voice for retained.

Rob Healy

I’m a retained firefighter at 472 Turvey Park, a busy mixed station with an average annual turnover of 1000 call outs a year. I’ve been with FRNSW for 19 years.

A schoolteacher by trade, I have been on SCOm for 3 years and have enjoyed this experience and have learnt many things.

I have enjoyed helping members of my branch, supporting them with advice or intervening with other sections of the Brigade on their behalf. I have attended nearly every SCOm meeting and listened intently to hundreds of hours of debate and learnt all the Union’s policies, strategies and tactics.

I have built up many strong and strategic relationships with other SCOM members and our Union leadership. I have been part of a team that has helped re-build the Union to a position of strength and delivered; a successful political and industrial campaign, three great new awards, an even better log of claims and dealing with a more receptive State Government.

I look forward to being able to continue in this role, helping my members and being part of a team to deliver more improvements in pay, conditions, and a long list of issues that have yet to be achieved.

Sandy Linton

I have been a firefighter with NSWFB and FRNSW for 24 years 385 Moss Vale and 507 Woolgoolga. I have now been a Deputy Captain at both standalone retained stations.

I have been a station delegate at 507 Woolgoolga for 15 years and was elected to the Retained Sub-branch executive in around 2015. As many members will know, my phone is always on.

In 2018, I became JVP and was the first Retained member in over 100 years to sit on the SCoM Executive. During my term I worked extremely hard to improve the working conditions of all FBEU members.

We managed to make progress: improving the organiser model; rebuilding delegate structures and improving union communication systems with the members. It was through these improvements that the log of claims was developed for the last few award negotiations.

I am not solely responsible for any of these outcomes. Our union is a team built on the hard work of the office staff, the organisers, industrial officers, SCoM, station delegates and members. Any achievements we make, we make together. I will bring this hard-earned knowledge and experience if elected as Retained Sub-branch Secretary. 

Sandy 0408 486 869