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RFS Benevolent Fund

The 2019/20 fire season was unparalleled in its ferocity and duration – and in the remarkable generosity of the community in response to the extraordinary efforts of our firefighters.

People around Australia and the world donated a total of $110 million to the NSW Rural Fire Service and Brigades Donations Trust throughout Black Summer.

This funding has enabled the RFS to deliver a range of projects to assist its members, including new helmets and breathing apparatus for firefighters, improvements to stations and a variety of new equipment. For more information on this funding, visit the NSW RFS and Brigade donation page.

In perhaps its most meaningful investment in the welfare of our people, the RFS is now establishing the RFS Benevolent Fund to better support our members and their families at times of hardship.

The Trust has allocated $10 million to establish this important charity to help care for our people when they need it the most, especially the families of firefighters killed on duty and those injured on the fireground.

The Fund will also be working to provide practical, tangible and compassionate support such as counselling, support services and welfare grants to any of our members experiencing poverty, distress or other difficulties.

We are now seeking Expressions of Interest to join the RFS Benevolent Fund Board of Directors.

We are looking for directors from diverse backgrounds with a range of skills and corporate or volunteer experience in fields such as governance, finance, marketing, charitable giving and fundraising.

We need strong, enthusiastic leaders with good ideas who are keen to work with others to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of our members.

The Board will meet regularly to shape the Fund, make decisions relating to its operations, evaluate requests for assistance and serve as ambassadors for the RFS community and the community we serve and protect.

How to apply

To learn more about the RFS Benevolent Fund, the role of its Directors, the application process and selection criteria, see the attached fact sheet.

Questions can be directed to

Applications will close on 21 October 2022.