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The NSW RFS has joined forces with the National Library of Australia to digitise the entire collection of the Bush Fire Bulletin dating back to September 1952.

All editions of the Bush Fire Bulletin are available online and are fully searchable, making this huge historical archive easily accessible.

Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has praised the opportunity for the Bush Fire Bulletin to be so accessible.

‘The skill and dedication of our volunteer service has been recorded in the pages of the Bush Fire Bulletin, informing and bringing to life the important work our members undertake,’ Commissioner Fitzsimmons said. ‘I am very proud that this history of the NSW RFS will be available for all of Australia and the world to see.’

Type in your search items in the search engine above to access the archive.

Search place names, brigade names, dates and fire-related topics such as 'fire trails'.

How to search Bush Fire Bulletin On Trove

  1. Type in your search term
  2. Click 'Go'. You will be taken to the Bush Fire Bulletin's archive on the National Library of Australia's Trove website
  3. A range of articles will be offered for selection
  4. Click on the green View Online box on right to view the article. You can print, download or simply read online.

To initiate another search return to the search box on the Bush Fire Bulletin page on the NSW RFS website or leave the search terms ("nla.obj-284283986" OR "nla.obj-284265362") in the search box to stay within the Bush Fire Bulletin archive.


Cover of Bulletin Vol 38 no1

The Bush Fire Bulletin is the official journal of the NSW Rural Fire Service and has been in circulation for more than 60 years. The first issue was published on 1 September 1952.

This well-loved publication reports on the activities of the NSW RFS volunteers and staff around the state. We also publish stories about fire activity, new technology, research and advances in firefighting and prevention, community engagement, and station openings.  

The Bush Fire Bulletin showcases the achievements, the heroism and everyday goodwill of the NSW RFS, the largest volunteer bush firefighting agency in the world.

The Bush Fire Bulletin galvanises the NSW RFS volunteer community by acknowledging the great and small achievements of our volunteers. The Bush Fire Bulletin is published quarterly and is read by NSW RFS volunteers and staff, students in schools,  staff in related agencies and members of the general public. Around 23,000 copies of the magazine are distributed to brigades, fire control centres, affiliated agencies and educational institutions in NSW and around Australia.

It is also available for download on the NSW RFS website and the backlist of Bulletins are fully searchable via the National Library of Australia’s TROVE.

ISSN: 2206-3609 (Online)


How to subscribe

Postal mailing is free: Email your postal details to bush.fire.bulletin@rfs.nsw.gov.au.


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Bush Fire Bulletin Liftouts

Every issue of the Bush Fire Bulletin has a handy Liftout poster in the centre pages. These posters are designed to be pulled out and displayed in the brigade stations, but they can prove useful in a variety of settings. A printable PDF version of each Liftout is also available for use on the Bush Fire Bulletin Liftouts page.


A long hot summer, a bone dry winter

Volume 40 No 1 (2018)

This issue of the Bush Fire Bulletin covers the 2017/18 fire season and features other articles about:

  • The bushfires around Tathra
  • The Canadian and Gallipoli Deployments
  • An article about the new NSW RFS constitution including a liftout about membership classifications
  • New technology around fire prediction
  • Fire incidents involving electric and hybrid motor vehicles

To receive a free copy delivered to your home or business, email a request with your address and details to: bushfire.bulletin@rfs.nsw.gov.au

Download the Bulletin as a PDF, 12.3 MB


eBulletin

ebulletin logoThe eBulletin is a monthly email newsletter for all members of the NSW RFS – volunteers and staff. The eBulletin promotes Service initiatives, programs and activities as well as issues confronting the Service, in the interests of all members. If you have content for an upcoming issue, email us at: enews@rfs.nsw.gov.au.  Members can subscribe to the eBulletin.


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Just email any changes for you or your brigade to: Bush.Fire.Bulletin@rfs.nsw.gov.au


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The NSW RFS offers advertising opportunities in its publication The Bush Fire Bulletin, the official journal of the NSW RFS which has been in circulation for 60 years.

The Bush Fire Bulletin is published quarterly and is read by more than 74,000 NSW RFS volunteers and staff, students in schools across the State, staff in related government agencies and members of the general public. Around 25,000 copies of the magazine are distributed to brigades, Fire Control Centres and educational institutions in NSW and around Australia.

You can download a copy of the Bush Fire Bulletin Rate Card for 2014-16.

Contact the NSW RFS Executive Support section (executive.support@rfs.nsw.gov.au) for more information.