NOW is the time to nominate a fellow RFSA member who leads by example. Someone within your RFSA Branch and/or Division who is always ready to raise a hand and contribute to the Association, whether through participation and support of RFSA meetings, assisting at Association events such as Volunteers’ Family Days or actively taking part in RFSA committees, programs and projects.
As the official representative association for the State’s 74,000 volunteer fire fighters we have demonstrated an ability to work with and influence the Government of NSW and the Commonwealth Government on a range of State and National issues beyond the limits of the NSW RFS. Most recently, we believe the Association has secured sustainable funding for its members following a commitment from the NSW Government over a new property-based emergency services levy*. Over the past couple of years, the RFSA refuted the need to introduce a new funding scheme. However it worked to ensure a commitment from Government to provide the appropriate level of funding to protect the safety of the volunteers and community. We still have concerns about the new funding model. Yet at the end of the day we have endeavored to achieve our first priority - to ensure funding levels for rural fire fighting services are maintained and have the ability to be increased as required.
With your RFSA Member Benefits, plan your next holiday and access savings on accommodation, dining, flights, car hire and more:
The following NSW RFS members were awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM), announced on Australia Day 2017. Well done and thank you for your service.
Nominations are now invited for Directors of the State Board of the NSW Rural Fire Service Association Inc. for the 2017-2019 term.
Gather a group from your brigade or District for a night out at the Coffee4Kids Charity Ball on Saturday, 6 May 2017 at Luna Park in Sydney.
Hosted by Channel 9’s Gabrielle Boyle, the event will raise much-needed funds for the Child Protection Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, who treat sick, injured and abused children.
Purchase tickets online from the Coffee4Kids website >>
Unprecedented weather conditions saw an extremely busy start to the year for the Association and our Members. As soon as advised, the Association enacted our Section 44 Member Support to assist Members in Division 7 battling the Currandooley fire near Tarago, Southern Tablelands in January. Member and Executive Services Manager, Melissa Humphrey and I travelled down to the area and met with RFSA Division 7 Chairperson Nathan McDonald. We were able to set up meal options at the most convenient location and handed out t-shirts to help Members feel a little fresher on the road home. Once we had returned to the office, Nathan, along with Division 7 Delegate Barry Kennedy, continued to provide support over the ensuing weeks.
In January, RFSA representatives visited numerous Rural Fire Brigade stations across the Far West and Mid-Lachlan Valley fire districts to meet and speak personally with the volunteers about the challenges they face.
RFSA Division 3 Member Laurence Sumner was named Myall Creek Senior Person of the Year at a community awards ceremony held in Taree late last year.
Sixty years in the NSW RFS is no shy feat and what better way to end the year that celebrates this milestone than win first prize in the NSW RFSA Raffle. This is what happened to Dunedoo volunteer Kevin Hookway.
It has been a busy start to the year for Region South’s rural fire fighters and the RFSA was there to support its Members at Section 44 events where possible.
The Macarthur Zone recently received a NSW RFSA Grant to acquire a ‘Thermal Manikin’ as a training aid. The manikin is about the same size as an average adult, has a rechargeable battery that can heat the whole body to 37.5 degrees and also has a voice box with a number of different adult and child voices.
RFSA CEO Bernard Cox (L) and President Ken Middleton (R) met with new
Emergency Services Minister, the Hon.Troy Grant MP. The Association looks
forward to continuing its mutually respectful working relationship with the new Ministry.
NSW RFSA Raffle #85 winner Ronda McMorrow was ready to ‘zoom zoom’
off in her new Mazda. It was a belated birthday present for Ronda who was
thrilled to receive notification of the win on her birthday.
Director David Stimson made a virtual appearance at the Division 7 AGM,
Facetiming into the meeting.
The view inside Mullum 7 at the Lennox Head Fire in February.
Mullum 7 at the Lennox Head Fire. This fire started just north of Lennox Head
in the heath land north of Camp Drew.
Gol Gol 1 attending a fire on Arumpo Road early on a Friday morning in February.
Also in attendance was Buronga 1, Dareton 1, Bulk Water Carrier,
FRNSW Wentworth and the NSW Police Service.
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