The Rural Fire Service (RFS) is comprised of 2,094 brigades and has a total volunteer membership of approximately 70,000.
In addition, we have about 700 staff situated at Headquarters, regional offices and Fire Control Centres around NSW.
The RFS Headquarters, located at Lidcombe, comprises five Directorates, each headed by a Director.
NSW is divided into four regions, each staffed by a Regional Manager and personnel in the functional areas of:
At the district or local government level, Fire Control Officers are appointed to manage the day-to-day affairs of brigades.
The role of rural fire brigades encompasses far more than bush fires. Members are regularly called upon to attend road accidents, assist in search and rescue operations, and storm and flood recovery. The RFS is responsible for structural firefighting in more than 1,200 towns and villages.