Published Date: 19 Mar 2020
The NSW Rural Fire Service, like many organisations, is paying very close attention to the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We want to assure you that we are continuing to deliver fire and emergency services to our community. We have established processes to ensure we can continue to deliver these services.
I want to assure you that we’re taking steps to protect the health and wellbeing of our members who are delivering services every day in communities across NSW.
The current situation does mean some changes to the way we operate.
Restrictions on visits to NSW RFS facilities
To protect the health of our people, and the community, we’re restricting visits to our facilities including brigade stations, district offices and our Headquarters building.
If you’re feeling unwell, we ask that you do not attend.
Only essential visitors can attend our facilities, unless in an emergency situation. All visitors, including our own members, are to record their attendance at our facilities.
We’re encouraging the use of alternatives like teleconferencing and videoconferencing, instead of face to face meetings.
Some services are limited
The current situation is causing disruption to many services in the community, and this includes the NSW RFS.
We are restricting non-essential events and activities in the community. This includes school visits and our AIDER (Assist Infirm Disabled and Elderly Residents) program.
We’re constantly reviewing and assessing all of our events and appreciate your understanding as we consider the safety of our members, and your safety.
Stay up to date
It’s important that you continue to monitor official advice, including from NSW Health.
The NSW RFS is working closely with Government and public health authorities and we’ll provide updates if our service delivery is affected further.
In the meantime, please stay safe and look out for one another during this challenging time.
Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM
NSW Rural Fire Service