Coronavirus

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 reviewed and updated on 28 July 2021.

Impacted locations

Current arrangements

The NSW Government has announced a four-week extension to current stay at home orders for the Greater Sydney Region, including Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour areas.

There are additional restrictions which apply to people living in the Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Blacktown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River LGAs. Exemptions apply for authorised workers, including public administration and safety staff.

If you live in one of these areas, check how the restrictions apply to you.

For staff in the Greater Sydney Region outlined above, existing working arrangements apply (such as working remotely). Only those identified in critical functions are to attend their work location.

All NSW RFS locations in the Greater Sydney Region outlined above remain at COVID-19 Response Level 3.

All other areas remain at COVID-19 Response Level 2.

Preparation for bush fire season

Due to the approaching bush fire season, the NSW RFS must ensure we are preparing ourselves, other agencies and communities. Subsequently we are working to facilitate the return of additional functions in a COVID-Safe manner to support mitigation, response and member support activities.

This includes mitigation crews in all NSW locations who are involved in bush fire mitigation works. Public-interaction activities, such as AIDER, will not be carried out.

Area Commands will communicate directly with mitigation crew members about measures to ensure mitigation work can be carried out in a COVID-Safe way from next week. These measures include a limit on the number of personnel in vehicles.

Area Commands will also work with Districts including those in the Greater Sydney region as outlined above over the next coming week to facilitate the return of further District staff to support bush fire mitigation, bush fire danger period preparation works and member support activities.

More information will be provided to relevant staff and functions as required.

Additional information

Do not attend incidents or NSW RFS locations if you are unwell. Stay home and get tested. Check testing locations here.

Members are again reminded about the increasing importance of vaccination. The NSW Government is working to prioritise vaccination in areas affected by COVID-19 outbreaks.

All members are reminded to check www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19 for the latest on restrictions which apply in your area including testing and the wearing of masks.

It is everyone’s responsibility to comply with the Public Health Order, the list of authorised workers, and any exemptions which may apply for Service activities.

Support materials, including advice on working remotely, is available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/connect

Current Advice for Staff and Volunteers

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.

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'.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The NSW RFS reminds all members about the availability of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Emergency services personnel are a part of the Phase 1B vaccine rollout, meaning vaccines are available regardless of your age.

Vaccination should be considered in light of the current cases of COVID-19 in the community, and to assist with maintaining operational capability across the coming fire season.

Vaccination clinics are located across NSW, including the Vaccination Centre at Sydney Olympic Park, near the NSW RFS Headquarters building. For areas under current stay-at-home provisions, getting vaccinated is a reasonable excuse for leaving home.

If identification is required, a NSW RFS identification card or a completed declaration form can be used.

Vaccination is not mandatory, however all members are strong encouraged to consider vaccination and discuss any concerns with their doctor.

For NSW RFS staff, leave provisions may apply when receiving a vaccine, in accordance with the NSW Government circular.

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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.
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