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About the NSW Rural Fire Service

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is the world's largest volunteer fire service. Our members provide fire and emergency services to approximately 95 percent of NSW. NSW RFS members attend a range of incidents and activities:

  • Bush and grass fires
  • House and structure fires
  • Storm damage
  • Search and rescue
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Community education
  • Bush fire mitigation.

The responsibilities of the NSW RFS are set out under the Rural Fires Act 1997.

Our vision and mission

To provide a world standard of excellence in the provision of a community-based fire and emergency service. To protect the community and our environment we will minimise the impact of fire and other emergencies by providing the highest standards of training, community education, prevention and operational capability.

Our values

  • Mutual respect
  • Adaptability and resourcefulness
  • One team, many players, one purpose
  • Integrity and trust
  • Support, friendship, camaraderie
  • Community and environment
  • Knowledge and learning.

Our organisation

Brigades 1,994
Local Government Areas 110
NSW RFS Districts 45
Regional Offices 4
Headquarters 1

Our membership

Region North 13,147
Region South 21,000
Region East 22,614
Region West 14,915
Total volunteers 71,234

Our staff

Total staff (FTE) 936

Approximately 70 percent of NSW RFS staff are, or have been, a NSW RFS volunteer.

The incidents we attend

In 2018/19, NSW RFS members attended more than 30,000 incidents across the state.

Incidents2018/19
Bush/grass fires attended by NSW RFS 9,675
Structural fires 1,514
Motor vehicle fires 2,137
Motor vehicle accidents 5,496
Investigation 4,499
Refuse fires 659
Spillages 960
Assist other agencies 1,845
Flood 144
Other 3,171
Total 30,102

2,688 controlled burns and pile burns were attended in Rural Fire Districts in 2018/19.

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