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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 2,002
Local Government Areas 108
NSW RFS Districts 45
Regional Offices 4
Headquarters 1

Our membership

Region North 13,430
Region South 20,886
Region East 22,852
Region West 15,764
Total volunteers 72,491

Our staff

Total staff (FTE) 911

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

The incidents we attend

In 2017/18, NSW RFS members attended more than 24,000 incidents across the state.

Bush/grass fires attended by NSW RFS 10,036
Structural fires 1,283
Motor vehicle fires 1,886
Motor vehicle accidents 4,681
Investigation 3,941
Refuse fires 676
Spillages 748
Assist other agencies 1,353
Flood 52
Other 2,242
Total 26,903

2,623 controlled burns and pile burns were attended in Rural Fire Districts in 2016/17.

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