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.
|Rural Fire Districts||125|
Approximately 70 percent of NSW RFS staff are, or have been, a NSW RFS volunteer.
The incidents we attend
In 2015/16, NSW RFS members attended more than 23,000 incidents across the state.
|Motor vehicle accidents||4,562|
|Controlled burns/pile burns (RFDs)||2,502**|
|Assist other agencies||1,085|
*The figure of total bush and grass fires refers to the incidents in which the NSW RFS responded.
**Controlled burns/pile burns are not included in the total incidents figure for 2015/16.