The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is the lead combat agency for bush fires in NSW. For more than 100 years we have been a significant part of the history and landscape of NSW and an integral piece of rural communities. Working closely with other agencies we respond to a range of emergencies including structure fires, motor vehicle accidents and storms that occur within the rural fire districts that make up more than 95 per cent of NSW.
We are the largest volunteer fire service in the world, a diverse organisation of more than 76,000 volunteer members and nearly 1,000 staff. Our members are trained to the highest standards to ensure we can protect the community when responding to emergency situations. We aim to minimise the impact of fire and other emergencies not only through our operational capability but also by developing and implementing programs that focus on community education, fire prevention and risk management.