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Media training

The NSW RFS encourages media personnel to attend our incidents. This assists us in delivering important safety information to the community and also shows the valuable work of our volunteers.

However it is a requirement that any media wishing to attend a bush or grass fire incident are appropriately trained in safe working practices around bush fires. It is also a requirement that media personnel are wearing appropriate Personal Protective Clothing. This is for the safety of media personnel and our firefighters.

Media bush fire safety training

The NSW RFS conducts media bush fire safety training on an annual basis. This program is conducted across NSW and is offered to media personnel such as journalists, photographers, presenters and producers.

The NSW RFS training program consists of a two-hour training session, covering basic fire awareness, safety and survival information for those covering bush fires. It also covers the management of bush fires in NSW and provides useful information for reporting on fires.

At the conclusion of each training session, a short theory-based assessment is held. Successful participants are issued with a NSW RFS Media Accreditation Card (MAC) which must be shown and held to enter a NSW RFS-controlled fireground. The MAC does not guarantee entry to a fireground - in some instances it may be too dangerous.

Anyone wishing to undertake media bush fire safety training must have a professional interest in reporting on bush fires for a legitimate media organisation, for the dissemination of public information and warnings.

Upcoming training sessions

Media training sessions are held annually, with confirmed dates, times and locations for 2021 as listed below during August.

Southern and Western NSW
Monday 2 August10:00amIllawarra Fire Control Centre
Airport Rd, Albion Park Rail NSW 2527
Tuesday 3 August9:30amClub Bega
82 Gipps St, Bega NSW 2550
 6:30pmESA Training Centre, Canberra
89 David Warren Rd, Hume ACT 2620
Wednesday 4 August9:00amESA Training Centre, Canberra
89 David Warren Rd, Hume ACT 2620
 6:00pmAlbury Fire Control Centre
25 Airport Dr, East Albury NSW 2640
Thursday 5 August10:00amRiverina Fire Control Centre
208 Fernleigh Rd, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
 6:00pmCanobolas Fire Control Centre
1385 Forest Road, Orange NSW 2800
Friday 6 August9:00amCanobolas Fire Control Centre
1385 Forest Road, Orange NSW 2800
Northern NSW
Monday 16 August6:30pmTamworth Fire Control Centre
19-23 Lockheed St, Tamworth NSW 2340
Tuesday 17 August9:30amTamworth Fire Control Centre
19-23 Lockheed St, Tamworth NSW 2340
Wednesday 18 August9:30amLismore Workers Club
231 Keen St, Lismore NSW 2480
 6:00pmMid North Coast Fire Control Centre
1 Aviation Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Thursday 19 August10:00amMid Coast Fire Control Centre (Port Macquarie - Hastings)
108 Cameron Street, Wauchope NSW 2446
 6:30pmNewcastle City Hall
290 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300
Friday 20 August9:30amNewcastle City Hall
290 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300
Sydney
Monday 23 August9:30am
1:00pm
NSW RFS Headquarters
4 Murray Rose Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Tuesday 24 August9:30am
1:00pm
NSW RFS Headquarters
4 Murray Rose Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Wednesday 25 August9:30am
1:00pm
NSW RFS Headquarters
4 Murray Rose Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Thursday 26 August9:30am
1:00pm
NSW RFS Headquarters
4 Murray Rose Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Friday 27 August9:30am
No afternoon session
NSW RFS Headquarters
4 Murray Rose Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

Personal Protective Clothing for media

It is a requirement that media attending NSW RFS bush and grass fire incidents are wearing appropriate Personal Protective Clothing. This is for the safety of yourself and for our own personnel.

Any media found on a fireground not wearing the above clothing and equipment may be removed from the fireground for their own safety. Media personnel may also be requested to return their accreditation card.

The full kit of media Personal Protective Clothing consists of:

  • Proban-treated yellow media wildfire jacket and pants
  • Yellow helmet with the word 'Media' on the side
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Sturdy, high ankle footwear
  • A face mask.

Media attending bush fires should also ensure they have enough drinking water, a first aid kit and sunscreen.

Please note that the NSW RFS does not sell or provide this equipment. It is a responsibility of media outlets to provide this equipment for staff. Information on how to get measurements for media personal protective equipment and costs for purchasing can be found in our document Measurements and Costs for Media Personal Protective Clothing. Media Training - NSW Rural Fire Service

This equipment and clothing can be purchased by contacting the supplier, Stewart & Heaton Clothing directly on (03) 8480 9700 or by visiting their website.