Listen: Ally Barnes chats with former Fire & Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins about fighting fires and the future of our planet
It wasn’t that long ago that Sydney was in a blanket of smoke, and we were seeing the terrifying images of fire tornados.
The 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires were a pivotal moment in Australia’s history, destroying lives and homes in their wake.
Greg Mullins has more than 50 years of experience fighting fires. He grew up watching his father and then worked his way up to become Commissioner of Fire & Rescue NSW.
Over the last five decades, Greg has seen bushfires become bigger, hotter, and more destructive as a result of climate change. His new book Firestorm combines thrilling stories of what it’s like to be on the front line and his efforts to raise awareness of the impact that climate change is having.
“Become active,” Greg said.
“One of the things we suffer from as Australians, is we’re easy going. I dedicated my book to my grandsons because I’m really frightened about the future they face and I’m not going to sit on my hands – and in 20-30 years when I leave the planet – look back and wish I’d done something,” he told Hope 103.2.
Listen to the full conversation with Greg Mullins about the challenges of being a firefighter, and how individuals can speak up for climate action.