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Media training

The NSW RFS encourages media personnel to attend our incidents. This assists us in delivering important safety information to the community and also shows the valuable work of our volunteers.

However it is a requirement that any media wishing to attend a bush or grass fire incident are appropriately trained in safe working practices around bush fires. It is also a requirement that media personnel are wearing appropriate Personal Protective Clothing. This is for the safety of media personnel and our firefighters.

Media bush fire safety training

The NSW RFS regularly conducts media bush fire safety training. This program is conducted annually across NSW and is offered to media personnel such as journalists, photographers, presenters and producers.

The NSW RFS training program consists of a two-hour training session, covering basic fire awareness, safety and survival information for those covering bush fires. It also covers the management of bush fires in NSW and provides useful information for reporting on fires. 

At the conclusion of each training session, a short theory-based assessment is held. Successful participants are issued with an NSW RFS Media Accreditation Card (MAC) which must be shown and held to enter a NSW RFS-controlled fireground. The MAC does not guarantee entry to a fireground - in some instances it may be too dangerous.

Upcoming training sessions

Media training sessions will be held in July, August and September 2018 at the locations listed below.

Media attending these sessions must be authorised by their employer. Email media@rfs.nsw.gov.au if you have not received an authorisation form.

SOUTHERN AND WESTERN NSW
Monday 30 July Kiama 10am Illawarra Fire Control Centre (37 Airport Road, Albion Park Rail)
ACT 6:30pm Rydges Capital Hill Hotel (17 Canberra Avenue, Forrest)
Tuesday 31 July ACT 9:30am Rydges Capital Hill Hotel (17 Canberra Avenue, Forrest)
Albury 6:00pm Albury Fire Control Centre (25 Airport Drive, Albury)
Wednesday 1 August Albury 9:30am Albury Fire Control Centre (25 Airport Drive, Albury)
Wagga Wagga 6:30pm Wagga Wagga Fire Control Centre (208 Fernleigh Road, Wagga Wagga)
Thursday 2 August Wagga Wagga 9:30am Wagga Wagga Fire Control Centre (208 Fernleigh Road, Wagga Wagga)
Orange 6:30pm Orange Fire Control Centre (1385 Forest Road, Orange)
Friday 3 August Orange 9:30am Orange Fire Control Centre (1385 Forest Road, Orange)
NORTHERN NSW
Monday 6 August Tamworth 6:30pm Tamworth Fire Control Centre (19-23 Lockheed Street, Tamworth)
Tuesday 7 August Tamworth 9:30am Tamworth Fire Control Centre (19-23 Lockheed Street, Tamworth)
Coffs Harbour 6pm Coffs Harbour Fire Control Centre (1 Aviation Drive, Coffs Harbour)
Wednesday 8 August Port Macquarie-Hastings 10am Wauchope Fire Control Centre (108 Cameron Street, Wauchope)
Newcastle 6:30pm Newcastle City Hall (209 King Street, Newcastle)
Thursday 9 August Newcastle 9:30am Newcastle City Hall (209 King Street, Newcastle)
SYDNEY
Monday 17 September Sydney 9:30am NSW RFS State HQ (15 Carter Street, Lidcombe)
Sydney 1pm NSW RFS State HQ (15 Carter Street, Lidcombe)
Tuesday 18 September Sydney 9:30am NSW RFS State HQ (15 Carter Street, Lidcombe)
Sydney 1pm NSW RFS State HQ (15 Carter Street, Lidcombe)
Wednesday 19 September Sydney 9:30am NSW RFS State HQ (15 Carter Street, Lidcombe)
Sydney 1pm NSW RFS State HQ (15 Carter Street, Lidcombe)
Thursday 20 September Sydney 9:30am NSW RFS State HQ (15 Carter Street, Lidcombe)
Sydney 1pm NSW RFS State HQ (15 Carter Street, Lidcombe)
Friday 21 September Sydney 9:30am NSW RFS State HQ (15 Carter Street, Lidcombe)

Personal Protective Clothing for media

It is a requirement that media attending NSW RFS bush and grass fire incidents are wearing appropriate Personal Protective Clothing. This is for the safety of yourself and for our own personnel.

Any media found on a fireground not wearing the above clothing and equipment may be removed from the fireground for their own safety. Media personnel may also be requested to return their accreditation card.

The full kit of media Personal Protective Clothing consists of:

  • Proban-treated yellow media wildfire jacket and pants
  • Yellow helmet with the word 'Media' on the side
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Sturdy, high ankle footwear
  • A face mask.

Media attending bush fires should also ensure they have enough drinking water, a first aid kit and sunscreen.

Please note that the NSW RFS does not sell or provide this equipment. It is a responsibility of media outlets to provide this equipment for staff. Information on how to get measurements for media personal protective equipment and costs for purchasing can be found in our document Measurements and Costs for Media Personal Protective Clothing. Media Training - NSW Rural Fire Service

This equipment and clothing can be purchased by contacting the supplier, Stewart & Heaton Clothing directly on (03) 8480 9700 or by visiting their website.