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About the NSW Rural Fire Service

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is the world's largest volunteer fire service. Our members provide fire and emergency services to approximately 95 percent of NSW. NSW RFS members attend a range of incidents and activities:

  • Bush and grass fires
  • House and structure fires
  • Storm damage
  • Search and rescue
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Community education
  • Bush fire mitigation.

The responsibilities of the NSW RFS are set out under the Rural Fires Act 1997.

Our vision and mission

To provide a world standard of excellence in the provision of a community-based fire and emergency service. To protect the community and our environment we will minimise the impact of fire and other emergencies by providing the highest standards of training, community education, prevention and operational capability.

Our values

  • Mutual respect
  • Adaptability and resourcefulness
  • One team, many players, one purpose
  • Integrity and trust
  • Support, friendship, camaraderie
  • Community and environment
  • Knowledge and learning.

Our organisation

Brigades 2,021
Local Government Areas 105
NSW RFS Districts 45
Regional Offices 4



Our membership

Region North 13,377
Region South 21,673
Region East 23,097
Region West 15,504
Total volunteers 73,223

Our staff

Total staff (FTE) 878

Approximately 70 percent of NSW RFS staff are, or have been, a NSW RFS volunteer.

The incidents we attend

In 2016/17, NSW RFS members attended more than 24,000 incidents across the state.

Incidents 2016/17
Bush/grass fires attended by NSW RFS8,288
Structural fires 1,159
Motor vehicle fires 1,868
Motor vehicle accidents 4,599
Investigation 3,817
Refuse fires 519
Assist other agencies 1,250
Flood 78
Other 2,161
Total 24,582

2,079 controlled burns and pile burns were attended in Rural Fire Districts in 2016/17.

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