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.
- Mutual respect
- Adaptability and resourcefulness
- One team, many players, one purpose
- Integrity and trust
- Support, friendship, camaraderie
- Community and environment
- Knowledge and learning.
|Local Government Areas||110|
|NSW RFS Districts||45|
|Area North Eastern||8,251|
|Area Greater Sydney||14,651|
|Area North Western||7,653|
|Area South Western||10,311|
|Area South Eastern||12,732|
Note: dual members in different Area Commands are counted in both Areas, but counted once for calculating the total volunteer figure.
|Total staff (FTE)||965|
Approximately 58 percent of NSW RFS staff are, or have been, a NSW RFS volunteer.
The incidents we attend
In 2019/20, NSW RFS members attended more than 25,000 incidents across the state.
|Bush/grass fires attended by NSW RFS||9,112|
|Motor vehicle fires||1,659|
|Motor vehicle accidents||4,239|
|Assist other agencies||1,480|
2,340 controlled burns and pile burns were attended in Rural Fire Districts in 2019/20.