Bronnie Mackintosh is a Station Officer with Fire and Rescue NSW and has been a firefighter for 16 years. Her career has encompassed many roles, spanning general firefighting, rescue, operational communications, community safety, and education and training.
Bronnie is a Winston Churchill Fellowship recipient. She travelled the world to research how international fire agencies are changing their workforces to be more reflective of the diverse communities they protect.
She found that girls fire camps in the US were proving an excellent way to introduce, and recruit, young women to the firefighting and emergency services.
When Bronnie returned home to Australia, she founded Girls on Fire.
With a team of volunteers from across the emergency services, she runs girls fire camps and the girls fire academy in NSW.
Before becoming a firefighter, Bronnie was a passionate rugby union player, competing around the globe and in 15 test matches for the Australian Women’s team, the Wallaroos.
Bronnie has a Bachelor in Sport Science from the University of Technology and is currently studying for her MBA at Newcastle University.
Fire and Rescue NSW
Bronnie Mackintosh TED talk
“We do more than just fight fires”. In this engaging short talk at TEDxSydney, firefighter Bronnie Mackintosh explains that a diverse Fire and Rescue workforce, one that truly reflects the society we live in, is vital for our safety.