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Bush Fire Bulletin Liftouts

Bush Fire Bulletin Liftouts are designed to be printed out and posted on the wall of the brigade station or in public view. 

They almost always focus on one aspect of NSW RFS Operations including changes to procedures and visual representations of important operational information. 

 Bush Fire Bulletin Liftouts are a handy reference to key information for all NSW RFS members.


Bulletin Air Tankers Liftout

Introducing Air Tankers to the fleet

Large Air Tankers (LAT) and Very Large Air Tankers (VLATs) arrived in NSW for the 2015/16 fire season. Faster airspeed and larger fuel tanks enable LATs and VLATs to deliver more suppressants in a shorter time frame than the aircraft currently in use in Australia to date.The LAT/VLAT program is on trial in NSW for two years. An assessment of these aircraft and their effectiveness will determine which aircraft are contracted for the 2016/17 fire season. This Liftout, a double-sided poster, displays the features of these large aircraft that were in commission during the NSW 2015/16 fire season.

Download and print this PDF. It can be displayed as two A3 posters or a doubled sided poster.(Select double-sided printing, flip on short edge for best results.)


Bush Fire Bulletin map showing Bush Fire threat

Property Protection Inspections: Know the bush fire threat 

The first in a series of guides for NSW RFS members on how to conduct a property inspection. Step One is to determine the bush fire threat and is the focus of this Bush Fire Bulletin Liftout. The Liftout features a case study of a home in Westleigh, in Sydney's north, showing types of bush fire threat and topographical features that impact the kind of threat this home would face if there was a bush fire in the area.

Download and print this PDF. It can be a A3 poster for display purposes or a double sided brochure. (Select double-sided printing, flip on short edge for best results.)


Bulletin Liftout Thermal Imaging Cameras

How to: Thermal Imaging Cameras

Thermal Imaging Cameras are a great piece of equipment for firefighters and are extremely useful in low visibility environments such as during structure fires. As the technology has improved, their use in many environments, including bush fires, has also proven successful.

This liftout explains the key features, uses and limitations of Thermal Imaging Cameras.

Download and print this PDF It can be a A3 poster for display purposes or a double sided brochure. (Select double-sided printing, flip on short edge for best results.)


BFB Liftout Property Protection

Are you prepared to keep your family safe?

Regardless of your decision to Leave Early or Stay and Defend, you still need to prepare your property against the threat of a bush fire and ember attack.

This liftout provides a Property preparation checklist and useful tips for bush fire safety.

Download and print this PDF It can be a A3 poster for display purposes or a double sided brochure.


Second to none poster

We have the best firefighters in the world

Throughout October and November 2013 NSW RFS was inundated with messages of appreciation from across the country. From school children to Royalty, warm words of thanks arrived via email, social media and in the mail. 

This poster visually shows excerpts of the many email messages received including the main statement by the NSW RFS Commissioner made during a press conference. 

Download and print this PDF. It can be a A3 poster for display purposes or a double sided brochure.


Liftout Its Your Call

It's your call that makes a difference

The information from the fireground is critical to the Service's ability to successfully protect life and property from bush fires. Firefighters and officers hold so much more than the situation at that specific location in their hands.

This poster visually shows how information from the fireground flows through to the State Operations Centre and ultimately to the public. 

Download and print this PDF. It can be a A3 poster for display purposes or a double sided brochure.


Bush Fire Bulletin Volume 35 No.2 (2013) - Your PPE: What makes it world class? Liftout

Your PPE: What makes it world class?

The NSW RFS Personal Protective Equipment is world class.

This poster visually shows the features that protect our firefighters from the risks of heat, burns, falling debris and other dangers.

Download and print this PDF. It can be a A3 poster for display purposes or a double sided brochure.


Bush Fire Bulletin Volume 35 No.1 (2013) - NSW RFS Honour Roll Liftout

Honouring the Australian Fire Service Medal recipients

The Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) is one of six meritorious awards in the Australian honours system.

This liftout lists the names of all those in the NSW Rural Fire Service who have received the AFSM since its inception in 1988.

Download and print this PDF.


Bush Fire Bulletin Volume 34 No.2 (2012) - New National Mapping Symbology for Incidents Liftout

New National Mapping Symbology Liftout

Bush Fire Bulletin Liftout Vol 34 No 2 (2012) featured the new national Mapping Symbology.

The experience of a number of major emergency events, including the 2009 Black Saturday bush fires in Victoria, highlighted the need for standard mapping symbology across the Australian emergency sector. In April 2011, the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) board endorsed a new set of symbology. The Bush Fire Coordinating Committee resolved to adopt the new symbology in May 2012.

It is now available for separate download and printing as a double sided poster. Choose A3, double-sided colour printing on your printer.


Bush Fire Bulletin Volume 33 No.3 (2011) - Heavy Plant Reference Guide

Heavy Plant Reference Guide

Volume 33 No 3 of the Bush Fire Bulletin included a feature article and reference guide to Heavy Plant in the NSW RFS.

Heavy Plant refers to earth moving machinery such as bulldozers, graders, excavators, front end loaders and tractors. They are frequently used in firefighting.

It is now available for download and printing as a double sided poster. Choose A3, double-sided colour printing on your printer.


Bush Fire Bulletin liftout design

The NSW RFS Crest 1961-2011

While the history of volunteer bush firefighting in NSW dates back to 1898, the use of the official Crest only began in 1961.

Chief Superintendent Alan Brinkworth surveys the history of the NSW RFS Crest and traces its evolution.

It is now available for download and printing as a double sided poster. Choose A3, double-sided colour printing on your printer.


Bush Fire Bulletin liftout design

Warnings, ratings and messages in the fire season

Volume 33 No 1 (2011) of the Bush Fire Bulletin featured the newly released warnings, ratings and messages for the fire season.

Recently changes have been made the information provided to the community before and during a bush fire. It's important that all of us understand the changes - so we can help the community make informed decisions.

This fact sheet is for all NSW RFS members to help you provide information on preparing for bush fires and answers some of the questions you may receive from the general public.

It is now available for download and printing as a double sided poster. Choose A3, double-sided colour printing on your printer.


Bush Fire Bulletin liftout design

NSW RFS New Standard Design Brigades and FCCs

The Standard Design Project

The idea of common design themes, or standard designs, for all RFS bulding was first mooted in 2004. It was sparked by the design and the constriction of the new NSW RFS Headquarters at Homebush Bay.

In Volume 31 No 2 of the Bush Fire Bulletin featured the standard plans and designs.

It is now available for download and printing as a double sided poster. Choose A3, double-sided colour printing on your printer.


Bush Fire Bulletin liftout design

Our history - a story worth telling: 1960-2011

Our Service's Story is part of the NSW RFS History Project. Stories are being gathered from volunteers and staff, as well as State Library, State Records, local council records and committee minutes. Newspapers and journals are being pored over for the rich personal memories of significant fires, brigade formations and equipment developments.

The graphic in this second Bush Fire Bulletin Souvenir Liftout is a reproduction of the commemorative mural in the foyer of the NSW RFS Headquarters. The timeline  accompanying the mural is an excerpt from the history boards which are also displayed.

It is now available for download and printing as a double sided poster. Choose A3, double-sided colour printing on your printer.


Response Driving

A response by the NSW RFS is defined as driving beyond normal traffic regulations but within the exemptions under the Australian Road Rules, using lights and sirens as appropriate for the conditions, to provide both adequate warning to and maintain the safety of other road users.

This liftout provides tips and guidelines for NSW RFS Drivers.

It is now available for download and printing as a double sided poster. Choose A3, double-sided colour printing on your printer.


Helmets and ranking

A review of the NSW Rural Fire Service ranking and helmet identification standard has been undertaken to establish a consistent approach for all members across the State. The following standards have been approved by the Commissioner.

The ranking system depicted on this liftout will be incorporated into Service Standard 1.2.1 Ranking and Insignia. The helmets depicted on the centre page will be incorporated into Service Standard 5.1.5 Protective Clothing. Details of the reflective markings and graphics are shown on the following page.

It is now available for download and printing as a double sided poster. Choose A3, double-sided colour printing on your printer.


Helicopter in NSW RFS

Aviation Operations and Aircraft Recognition

A liftout guide to aviation operations in the NSW RFS, including:

  • how to recognise different aircraft
  • Light Helicopters
  • Medium Helicopters
  • Short Line
  • Long Line
  • Heavy Helicopters
  • Fixed Wing Aircraft

It is now available for download and printing as a double sided poster. Choose A3, double-sided colour printing on your printer.


weather and bush fire behaviour

Weather and Bush Fire Behaviour

NSW has a history of droughts and severe fire weather which has caused some devastating fires, causing extensive loss of life and property and such tragedies are high on the list of "Natural Disasters".

As such it is important for each level of our Service to understand the weather, where they can access the information and the potential for its adverse influence on bush fire behaviour either immediately or within a few days.

It is now available for download and printing as a double sided poster. Choose A3, double-sided colour printing on your printer.


traffic management

Traffic Management during an incident

The NSW RFS is often called upon to manage traffic at emergency incidents, whether it be assisting another agency or at a bush fire.

Here are the guidelines on best practice.

It is now available for download and printing an A3 poster. Choose A3 colour printing on your printer.


Bush Fire Bulletin liftout design

Good fireground management

The first three steps of good fireground management: 

  1. Respond. 
  2. Take Command. 
  3. Manage the fireground.

It is now available for download and printing. Choose A3 colour printing on your printer.


Bush Fire Bulletin liftout design

Fireground organisation

Fireground organisation 

  • T-card
  • IMTs
  • Tankers and Equipment
  • En-route
  • Driving

It is now available for download and printing as a double sided poster. Choose A3, double-sided colour printing on your printer.


Bush Fire Bulletin liftout design

Hydrant Markers

A guide to indicator plates for locating hydrants on potable and recycled water mains hydrants.

It is now available for download and printing.