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Firefighters Mutual Bank.
Find out more about who we are, and how we can help.
Our mission is simple: to serve those who protect.
Being a firefighter isn’t simply a career, it’s a calling. That’s why we’re committed to serving those who risk their lives to protect ordinary Australians in extraordinary circumstances.
We help Australian fire and emergency service workers, volunteers and their families make the most of their money, and our goal is to be there at every stage of their financial journey.
We’ve been supporting fire fighters and emergency service workers since 1968; first as the Fire Brigades Employees Credit Union, and growing into the Firefighters Mutual Bank you see today.
As a mutual bank, we exist for the mutual benefit of members. This means we can offer our members a competitive range of products and services with low fees and great rates. Welcome to Firefighters Mutual Bank.
Read more about where it all began.
Membership is open to current or retired employees and current volunteers of a fire and/or emergency service or family members of members (i.e. shareholders) of the Bank. Additionally, individuals must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
Helping members achieve their financial goals is at the forefront of everything we do.
Firefighters Mutual Bank is for current or retired employees of, or current volunteers with, a fire and/or emergency service and their families, and is completely owned by its members.
We focus on helping members meet their financial goals by providing products and services to assist them through life. Profits are reinvested back into the mutual bank and members have the opportunity to elect Directors.
Join us and you’ll find a bank that wants to serve you, just as you serve the community.
We offer a range of financial products and services to assist you in reaching your financial goals.
Whether it be applying to set up an account, a home loan or protecting your next set of wheels, there are a range of products available to members of Firefighters Mutual Bank.
Members also receive:
Firefighters Mutual Bank began with one man’s vision: a credit union for firefighters that puts profits back to work for the benefit of its members.
Bob Hall realised his vision in the 1960s by founding the Fire Board (NSW) Employees Credit Union. He wanted to create an institution that would put its profits back to work for the benefit of its members, by reducing loan interest rates and increasing the interest paid on investments.
From its humble beginnings at a committee meeting in the gymnasium at the City of Sydney Fire Station, it has evolved to today’s Firefighters Mutual Bank, amassing thousands of members Australia-wide over 50 years.
As a mutual bank, we’re here for the mutual benefit of our members. Our commitment to our members drives our business today and will remain at the heart of our business.
That’s why every member has a vote at the Annual General Meeting, to have their say in how the bank is run for the fire and emergency service community.
We are proud to associate with organisations and events that promote ideals and values similar to our members and of the wider community as a whole.
Our sponsorship assists with the administrative costs of this voluntary association. The association facilitates all retired personnel of Fire and Rescue NSW by maintaining established friendships formed during service with NSW Fire Brigades through state-wide organised events. Visit their website for more details regarding this wonderful organisation.
We are proud to provide financial support for the day and acknowledge the great work and commitment of the organisers to raise funds for the Westmead Children’s Hospital Burns Unit.
The event has been held for a number of years and was established as a tribute to the late Station Officer Stephen Richardson, who died in a road accident while responding to an emergency in 2006.
We have supported the ball organising committee for many years and sponsors lucky door prizes on the night.
We have sponsored the fund raising efforts of the ball committee over numerous years and are delighted in continuing to play our part in supporting local charities in the Newcastle district.
We are a long standing supporter of CUFA, a development agency for Credit Union’s that promotes social responsibility by empowering domestic and international communities with access to affordable financial services.
One of CUFA’s programs is the Village Entrepreneur Program which assists families in developing countries, help themselves. The Credit Union’s employees, through their own staff club, sponsor a Cambodian family with monthly financial assistance.
The sponsorship beneficiary is a pig farmer who is struggling to make ends meet for the family. To date, the monthly contribution has helped start and grow the pig farm thus increasing the family income. The family is now able to send their children to school more often, buy enough food each day and improve their living standards.
Members are encouraged to assist where they can. You can become a community investor and help families like this in Cambodia or another villager in Timor Leste. Additional details are available on the CUFA website.
ACCU was established in 1971 and serves as the peak trade and development organisation for Credit Unions throughout Asia. ACCU aims to make Credit Unions more relevant community-based financial institutions and presently serves more than 21,947 Credit Unions with 38.1 million individual members.
Credit Unions exist in Australia today because our original pioneers worked hard to develop and spread Credit Union philosophy both here and overseas. Subsequently FBECU along with 12 other Australian Credit Union’s are involved in supporting the Savings and Credit Union Development in Laos (SACUDIL) project.
The project directly allows 30,000 individuals and their families to gain access to affordable financial services. Savings are reinvested back into the same community to increase income and improve livelihoods. This is a great opportunity to help credit unions in developing countries to lift people out of poverty and to set up a sustainable customer owned banking system. In the spirit of cooperation, the Australian supporters of ACCU have collaborated on this project without the need to seek any government funding. Additional details are available on the ACCU website.
In addition to CUFA, staff also support the following organisations by fund raising and or making personal donations.
The NSWFB Relief & Welfare Fund assists families of Fire and Rescue NSW during times of hardship, whether it is the financial burden of medical expenses or emotional support during a family tragedy.
Most firefighters and staff donate through payroll deduction contributions.
Jeans for Genes commenced in 1994 to support research into conditions like epilepsy, cancer and birth defects. Held on the first Friday of August each year, money raised by Credit Union staff goes directly to Children’s Medical Research Institute (CRMI) to support their valuable research.
Run by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, the Steptember charity challenges people to take 10,000 steps a day for 28 days straight in the month of September. Monies raised provide much needed services, support and care for many kids and adults living with cerebral palsy, and their families.
At Firefighters Mutual Bank we’re all members of the same fire station.
Our culture is clearly defined by the financial needs of firefighters and their families.
Our members, community and employees embrace the mutual bank core values of passion, advocacy and sustainability. If this sounds like you, then we’d love to hear from you.
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Over 4.5 million Australians are members of mutual banks, credit unions and building societies. We have worked closely with Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA), to develop the Customer Owned Banking Code of Practice.
The Code is an important public statement of the value we place on improving the financial wellbeing of our members and the education community. It reinforces our commitment to:
The Customer Owned Banking Code of Practice is how we deliver on our guarantee to serve our members first. Our 10 key promises to you outline how we do this.
You can download the complete Customer Owned Banking Code of Practice or you can request a copy to be mailed to you.
Firefighters Mutual Bank is a division of Teachers Mutual Bank Limited. Visit tmbank.com.au for detailed financial and sustainability related information, as well as regulatory disclosures.