This page provides information for NSW RFS staff and volunteers. For community information about COVID-19, check the NSW Government website.

Monitor this page for any changes to advice. This page will be updated as information changes.

This information was last updated on 16 October 2020.

Impacted locations
  • All NSW RFS locations are currently considered at COVID Response Level 1
  • All NSW RFS facilities remain operational. Please limit visits to NSW RFS locations.
  • If you are feeling unwell, do not attend NSW RFS locations or activities. Stay home. Get tested.
  • The NSW RFS State Operations Centre (StateOps area) is accessible only to essential personnel.
Current Advice for Staff and Volunteers

Border closures

There are border closures or restrictions in place for people entering or leaving NSW. In some cases, these restrictions depending on where you live.

Information on permits, special conditions for freight movements and critical services, and provisions for border communities, is available on the NSW Government website.

NSW RFS and interstate crews will still have the ability to respond either side of the border in the event of an incident or emergency.

More information for NSW RFS members is available in the Operational Brief available on the NSW RFS intranet or MyRFS.

Operational Arrangements for 2020/21 Bush Fire Season

A COVID-19 plan has been drafted by the NSW RFS to provide guidance and allow for appropriate operational response throughout the 2020/21 bush fire season whilst ensuring all personnel remain COVIDSafe.

NSW RFS members should familiarise themselves with the 2020//21 Bush Fire Season Operational Arrangements - COVID 19.

This document outlines the steps to be taken to help reduce the potential impact of COVID 19 on operational activity.

This plan was drafted in consultation with and supported by other firefighting authorities and will be regularly updated as the situation and restrictions change.

COVID-19 Response Levels

The NSW RFS has established COVID-19 Response Levels to provide clearer advice to members as the COVID-19 situation changes.

State Operations will monitor public alerts regarding COVID-19 outbreaks and may assign a COVID-19 Response Level, based on health advice.

The Response Level may apply to a NSW RFS site or location, or all NSW RFS locations in a District or LGA, depending on an assessment of health advice.

The Response Levels outline actions for staff and volunteers in the area or location identified.

Staying safe at NSW RFS locations and activities

Consistent with current restrictions, meetings, training and events may be held, provided COVIDSafe practices continue to be in place.

COVIDSafe practices mean, where there is a NSW RFS activity or event conducted:

  • If you are feeling unwell, you are not to attend a NSW RFS activity or location. If you’re unwell, stay home and get tested.
  • Consider whether the event can be held remotely to limit face-to-face interaction, especially if there’s likely to be large groups or people who may be at higher risk of serious infection from COVID-19.
  • If the activity or event is being held face-to-face, follow the current community restrictions on physical distancing; including limits on the number of people allowed to gather in a space and the number of people per square metre in an indoor area.
  • For activities such as crews attending planned events, including hazard reductions, a limit of four people per vehicle continues to apply.

The NSW RFS also encourages members to download the COVIDSafe app.

Responding to incidents

When responding to incidents, please consider the steps in the fact Sheet 'First Responder Attendance at Incident where a person has suspected or confirmed COVID-19'.

Notification of COVID-19 cases or suspected cases for NSW RFS members

The NSW RFS COVID-19 Response Action Process outlines the process for all NSW RFS members regarding Coronavirus notifications.

This includes notifications of members with symptoms, confirmed cases, and for members who return from overseas and are required to self isolate.

Importantly, if you are feeling unwell, do not attend NSW RFS facilities, activities or incidents.

Download the NSW RFS COVID-19 Response Action Process. This document may change as the situation changes.

Fact Sheets and Materials
Frequently Asked Questions

A set of Frequently Asked Questions is available here. These will be updated regularly.

Advice for visitors to NSW RFS facilities
  • Only essential visitors will be permitted to NSW RFS facilities, except in emergency situations.
  • The NSW RFS recommends alternatives to face-to-face meetings, including teleconferences or videoconferencing.
  • If you are scheduled to have a meeting at a NSW RFS location, contact the meeting organiser for advice and possible alternatives.