The attached report card (pdf document) was prepared by Mr Jeff Condren in his personal capacity, in cooperation with current and ex NSWRFS members. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Volunteer Firefighters Association (VFFA). The VFFA respects all objective views of NSWRFS members, and any views or opinions are not intended to malign any group, club, organisation, company or individual. The VFFA is supportive of open dialogue, full transparency and we encourage others to come forward.
RFS Report Card (Version 2)
The Victim summaries contained in this document are from volunteers and staff who have bravely contacted the author to express their destressing and desperate plights. What is clear in every case is that the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) knowing showed an arogenate disregard of its duty of care as an employer. It, the RFS, fosters a culture where reports of Bullying, Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct were ignored, suppressed or dismissed. Complaints and grievances are systematically lost and investigations delayed and incompetently mishandled to the point complainants simply give up and leave the service. Retaliation is a common occurrence for victims of the RFS. It is common for a complainant to be the subject of a new counter-complaint especially when the original complaint is about a Captain or other senior member of their Brigade. Dog Whistling and Gaslighting are commonplace and go unchecked even in the presence of senior RFS staff.
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