Previous Episodes

Episode 32 - Wednesday 24 November 2021

In this edition we hear from Freemans Reach Brigade who moved into their new station recently and have the latest news on how our aviation capabilities have improved ready for this season.

Episode 31 - Wednesday 27 October 2021

In this edition we had an update on COVID-19, news from the Tahmoor Brigade in the Southern Highlands Region on what they’ve been up to and the latest on how public donations from the 2019-20 season are supporting brigades across the State.

Episode 30 - Wednesday 13 October 2021

In this edition we focussed on COVID-19 and vaccinations with a live Q&A with Commissioner Rob Rogers and Trina Schmidt, Executive Director - People and Strategy. We also caught up with Bundeena Brigade about how they're staying connected during COVID-19.

Episode 29 - Wednesday 6 October 2021

In this edition we focussed on COVID-19 and vaccinations with a live Q&A with Commissioner Rob Rogers and Trina Schmidt, Executive Director - People and Strategy. We also caught up with Bundeena Brigade about how they're staying connected during COVID-19.

Episode 28 - Wednesday 29 September 2021

In this edition we focussed on the start of the fire season and a live Q&A with Commissioner Rob Rogers, and we spoke to Illawong Brigade about how they're staying connected during COVID-19.

Episode 27 - Wednesday 22 September 2021

In this edition we featured an update on cane burning in the state's north, the East Jindabyne brigade on what they've been dealing with across winter, the latest with the trial of goats for hazard reduction, and we spoke to Gunning-Fish River Brigade about how they're staying connected during COVID-19.

Episode 26 - Wednesday 15 September 2021

In this edition we hear from Moore Creek Rural Fire Brigade on how they’re keeping connected and preparing for the upcoming fire season. We also highlight some of the fantastic events hosted by brigades as part of Get Ready Weekend 2021.

Episode 25 - Wednesday 8 September 2021

In this edition we had the final instalment of the sit down interview with former Commissioner Phil Koperberg, members from Reddestone RFB shared their story and an update on COVID-19.

Episode 24 - Wednesday 1 September 2021

In this edition we had the next instalment of the sit down interview with former Commissioner Phil Koperberg, members from Basin View RFB shared their story and an update on COVID-19.

Episode 23 - Wednesday 25 August 2021

In this edition we're joined by Commissioner Rob Rogers for a live Q&A. The Commissioner provides an update on COVID-19, the latest on the priority projects and we hear from Boothenba RFB on how they're helping in the COVID efforts. We also hear from two of our young members, who were named the 2021 NSW RFS Young Members of the Year.

Apologies due to technical issues, there is a loss of sound at the beginning during the introduction and acknowledgement of country.

Episode 22 - Wednesday 18 August 2021

In this edition we catch up with the crew from our 737 Large Air Tanker in the US, have a COVID update from the Commissioner and see how Darlington Brigade is staying connected. We also have the first part of in a series where our Commissioner catches up with former Commissioner Phil Koperberg.

Episode 21 - Wednesday 11 August 2021

In this edition we focussed on mental wellbeing ahead of the next fire season and look at plans for this year’s Get Ready Weekend. We’ll also got an update from Assistant Commissioner Ben Millington who’s leading the Australian deployment supporting the firefighting efforts in Canada.

Episode 20 - Wednesday 4 August 2021

In this edition we had Deputy Commissioner Peter McKechnie provide a pre season briefing and take live Q&A.

Episode 19 - Wednesday 28 July 2021

In this edition we had the latest on the COVID-19 situation and were joined by Commissioner Rob Rogers for the live Q&A.

Episode 18 - Wednesday 21 July 2021

In this edition we had the latest on the COVID-19 situation and what means for our members, advice on mental health support, and a speak peek at the new One NSW RFS Member Website. We also were joined by Assistant Commissioner Kelly Browne for the live Q&A.

Episode 17 - Wednesday 26 May 2021

In this episode live from the NSW RFS Training Academy in Dubbo, we showcased the latest on Learning & Development and took a look at our new aviation training simulator. We were also joined by our new Deputy Commissioner Kyle Stewart, the Executive Director for Preparedness & Capability.

Episode 16 - Wednesday 28 April 2021

In this episode live from HQ we were joined by Commissioner Rob Rogers who shared some of the latest updates and took questions from members on a range of topics.

Episode 15 - Wednesday 24 February 2021

In this episode live from our logistical hub in Glendenning we take a look at our fire trucks program. Thanks to NSW Government investment more than 200 new and upgraded fire trucks and vehicles will be deployed to brigades across the State in the coming months. We focus on some of the kit and equipment on board, as well as an overview of how the program works.

Episode 14 - Wednesday 27 January 2021

We kicked off 2021 by taking the show on the road to Bankstown Airport where some of the latest additions to our aerial fleet are based. This episode focuses on our new 412 helicopters, their capabilities and our volunteers who are trained in aerial support.

Episode 13 - Wednesday 16 December 2020

This episode features a live Q&A with Commissioner Rob Rogers reflecting on the last 12 months and looking ahead to 2021.

Episode 12 - Wednesday 25 November 2020

This episode focuses on the RFS Activ app - our new Member Availability and Response System. It features a live Q&A with Deputy Commissioner Peter McKechnie, Acting Executive Director for Field Operations, and a demonstration of the new app by Matt White, IT Operations Manager.

Episode 11 - Wednesday 28 October 2020

This episode focuses on mental wellbeing and features a live Q&A with Trina Schmidt, Executive Director for Membership and Strategic Services, and Paul Scott, Manager for Mental Health, Counselling & Support Services. From the support on offer to some of the latest developments, find out how you can look after yourself and others.

Episode 10 - Wednesday 30 September 2020

This episode features a live Q&A with the Commissioner Rob Rogers AFSM. We discussed the latest developments with priority projects and work underway following the recommendations from the NSW Bushfire Inquiry.

Episode 9 - Wednesday 19 August 2020

This episode features a live Q&A with the Community Engagement team, to talk about Get Ready Weekend and how we'll be doing things a bit differently this year, to suit the changing environment created by COVID-19. We discuss new ways of connecting with your local community and advice on how to assist communities who are in recovery. We also hear about the research project into the community’s responses to the Black Summer bush fires in 2019 and 2020.

Episode 8 - Wednesday 29 July 2020

A special live Q&A taking you behind the scenes of our Operational Communications Centre - where many of our brigades are dispatched to incidents. We'll let you know of some big things happening in this area, and show you what goes on when you're responding.

Episode 7 - Wednesday 15 July 2020

We feature the season outlook, advice regarding the Victorian border closure, and the Supportive Employer Program.

We’ll also have a live Q&A with Operational Support Manager Chris Ryder who will discuss topics including RAFT and RART, rescue, our aircraft for the coming fire season, and a new focus group for structural firefighting.

Episode 6 - Wednesday 1 July 2020

Commissioner Rob Rogers gives an update on the priorities for the year ahead, including new technology, the review of PPE and PPC, and dispatch systems.

Episode 5 - Wednesday 17 June 2020

We answer some of your questions on topics including brigade training, the supply of PPC and recruitment for 100 new members of our mitigation crews.

We also talk about the weather outlook for the next few months including the potential for an increase in grass fires, and how we’re managing hazard reductions.

Episode 4 - Wednesday 3 June 2020

This issue includes an update on how public donations will be put to good use for programs across the NSW RFS – that will change the way we operate. We also have the weather outlook for the next few months, and what this could mean for our next fire season.

For our live Q&A we’ll talk to Assistant Commissioners Peter McKechnie and Jason Heffernan about the new Area Management Model, including opportunities for recruitment across the state that are opening shortly.

Episode 3 - Wednesday 20 May 2020

We talk about National Volunteer Week and we announce the winners of the 2020 Youth Awards.

Our live Q&A session is on technology in the Service and some of the exciting things in development that will change the way we respond to incidents and stay connected.

Episode 2 - Wednesday 6 May 2020

Commissioner Rob Rogers talks about stepping into the role, and shares his insight into delivering the best services to NSW RFS members and the community.

Our live Q&A session is with our Community Engagement team, sharing new and upcoming programs and the results of research from the recent fire season.

Episode 1 - Wednesday 22 April 2020

We chat with Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons about what it’s like to leave the NSW RFS after more than 30 years, including over 12 years as Commissioner.

We also have some helpful information including tips on dealing with stress, anxiety and resilience.