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The New South Wales Rural Fire Service is a volunteer-based firefighting agency and statutory body of the Government of New South Wales.
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Court rules Celeste Barber’s $51 million bushfire fund must go to NSW RFSThe fate of Celeste Barber’s $51.3 million bushfire fund has been decided.
NSW RFS boss Shane Fitzsimmons to head up new disaster and recovery agencyThe man who led NSW's response to the summer bushfire hell, Shane Fitzsimons, has been appointed to an agency to rebuild the state.
RFS bushfire command control transformed into coronavirus war roomThe ground zero of NSW’s bushfire emergency response has been commandeered to wage the state government’s war against COVID-19.
For the first time in 240 days, there are no active bush or grass fires in NSWThe NSW Rural Fire Service has marked the end of 240 days of fire activity in the state.
Emergency service members let their hair down during Sydney's Mardi Gras paradeMembers of the Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service and Fire and Rescue NSW have taken part in the Mardi Gras celebrations to the roar of thousands.
New bill will seek to change how RFS can spend $51 million raised by Celeste BarberA bill to amend the Rural Fires Act will be introduced to NSW Parliament by the Greens on Wednesday, seeking to change the way donations to the RFS and Brigades Donations Fund can be used.
RFS to seek court advice to unlock $51 million raised by Celeste BarberThe NSW Rural Fire Service will ask the Supreme Court for directions on how it can spend $51 million raised for the bushfire appeal by comedian Celeste Barber.
Committed, strong and wronged: RFS needs to show more love to Nelligan's knockabout heroCircumstance has made Parker the face of the volunteer fire-fighter, but confusion reigns over his fate.
Firefighter insists he was sacked for anti-PM rant after NSW RFS denies claimThe NSW Rural Fire Service has refuted the claims of a former volunteer who said he was let go after he told the prime minister to "get f**ked" while on duty.
Check before donating to charities fronted by celebrities, experts warnExperts say there is no easy solution to resolving concerns over how the NSW Rural Fire Service can spend more than $50 million in donations.
Celeste Barber's $52 million bushfire fund stallsNSW Rural Fire Service rules prevent donations being used on families and charities, locking up the $52 million raised by Australian comedian Celeste Barber.
NSW bushfires contained after week of rainThe NSW RFS says it is officially moving into recovery mode after declaring all the fires in the state are contained for the first time this season.
For the first time this season, all bushfires in NSW are now containedAll bush and grass fires across NSW are now contained for the first time since the bushfire season began, the Rural Fire Service says.
NSW South Coast fire finally out after burning for 74 days across 499,621 hectaresThe Currowan Fire, which burnt for 74 days and across 499,621 hectares, destroying 312 homes, has been extinguished, the RFS has confirmed.
NSW bushfire conditions are 'deteriorating', RFS warns as five blazes burnA key highway is closed and NSW homes are under threat as fast-moving bushfires spread under hot temperatures and gusty winds.
Six NSW RFS firefighters suffer minor injuries after water tanker rollsAnother NSW Rural Fire Service truck has flipped with the six firefighters inside taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Live stream: The NSW RFS is providing a fire updatePrime Minister Scott Morrison is speaking live.
Duty, camaraderie, tradition - what drives urban RFS members?What makes a person from the burbs bolt towards a raging fire as everyone else flees?
Exclusive: Tens of thousands rush to become volunteer firefighters amid bushfiresThe NSW Rural Fire Service has received more than five times its usual amount of annual enquiries in less than three months, as fire services in Victoria and South Australia also report an increase in..
‘The RFS abandoned our village’: Balmoral laments lack of actionBalmoral RFS captain Brendan O’Connor blames an over-reliance on computer modelling and failure to take on local knowledge for the destruction of his village.
'No clock-off, some days you get no sleep': What it’s like being an RFS firefighter on the frontlineThe Capertee RFS Brigade is on the frontline, battling one of the country’s largest bushfires. This is what it’s like being a firey as Australia suffers through a horrific bushfire season.
Obsolete technology is blinding the Rural Fire ServiceIt is time to update communication and computing equipment and bring the Rural Fire Service into the digital age.
More than 770 homes destroyed in eight days as bushfires ravage NSWThe RFS said that of the 1687 homes lost across the state, 771 have been destroyed since January 1.
Hazard reduction not a panacea, RFS boss Shane Fitzsimmons saysThe NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner has weighed in on hazard reduction, saying the single biggest impediment to completing burns is weather.
Hazard reduction burns are 'not the panacea': RFS bossRFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has defended the RFS' record on hazard reduction burning, saying the agency was not comprised of "environmental bastards".
Buddhist monks offer RFS volunteers free massages to reduce stressThe gesture reflects the ongoing appreciation Thai people have for Australia following the rescue of 12 young boys in a cave in 2018.
Teenager among 180 people facing legal action over lighting firesA RFS volunteer is facing seven charges in connection with the lighting of fires. This fire season, police have taken legal action against nearly 200 hundred people over deliberately lit bushfires.
'Significant damage and destruction': NSW counts the latest bushfire costThe NSW Rural Fire Service has received reports of "significant damage and destruction" from the state's bushfires.
Properties losses reported in NSW firesThe NSW Rural Fire Service has received reports of "significant damage and destruction" from the state's bushfires.
New bushfire sweeps through Southern Highlands, destroying homesThe spread of the fire was far greater than what the RFS had predicted under its worst-case mapping scenario.
RFS chief urges federal government to lock-in funding for aerial firefightingNSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says a case for a budget increase to the national aerial firefighting fleet has been with Canberra for 18 months.
Fire chief says budget for aerial resources needs to be 'locked-in' as Australian burnsNSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says a case for a budget increase to the national aerial firefighting fleet has been with Canberra for 18 months.
Set budget urged for aerial fire fleetNSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says a case for a budget increase to the national aerial firefighting fleet has been with Canberra for 18 months.
Concern bushfires could break into suburban western SydneyRFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says there is a chance a massive bushfire could break out and move into suburban parts of western Sydney.
Fire fleet needs set budget: commissionerNSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says a case for a budget increase to the national aerial firefighting fleet has been with Canberra for 18 months.
Major concern NSW fires could break into Sydney suburbsRFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says there is a chance a massive bushfire could break out and move into suburban parts of western Sydney.
'Not defendable': Fire crews order complete evacuation of NSW townThe RFS has warned the 1300-person town of Batlow in NSW "will not be defendable," ordering a complete evacuation before the fire is expected to hit on Friday.
RFS deems 1300-strong NSW town "not defendable" ahead of Friday firesThe RFS has warned the 1300-person town of Batlow in NSW "will not be defendable", ordering a complete evacuation before the fire is expected to hit on Friday.
Watch: NSW RFS update on bushfiresFor a full wrap and analysis of national and international news, tune into SBS World News every night at 6.30pm (AEST).
'Just heartbreaking': NSW volunteer firefighter killed while battling blaze near Victorian borderTwo other firefighters have suffered burns after the truck they were travelling in rolled, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service confirmed.
NSW RFS boss certain 'the volunteers don't want payment'The head of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service has hit back at the body representing the state's volunteer firefighters, rejecting a move for members to be compensated after weeks of toil.
'The volunteers don't want payment': NSW RFS boss lashes Volunteer Fire Fighters AssociationThe head of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service has hit back at the body representing the state's volunteer firefighters, rejecting a move for members to be compensated after weeks of toil.
'Not the day to start your holiday': Holiday-makers urged to delay travel as NSW faces catastrophic fire conditionsThe NSW RFS and police have urged people not to travel on Saturday amid catastrophic fire danger forecast for the state.
Homes at threat as NSW once again faces catastrophic fire conditionsThe NSW RFS and police have urged people not to travel on Saturday amid catastrophic fire danger forecast for the state.
More NSW homes under threat from bushfiresThe NSW RFS and police have urged people not to travel on Saturday amid catastrophic fire danger forecast for the state.
'Mum, I need a hug' ... a proud parent's tribute to her firefighter sonAs 20 homes burned and three firefighters were injured on Thursday, one mother writes about of her son, a 20-year-old RFS volunteer.
This is what firefighters are dealing with in the Blue MountainsFirefighters are battling huge flames in the Blue Mountains National Park. RFS volunteers Andrew Mitchell and Chrys Maoudis shared this vision of the Cottage Point Rural Fire Brigade tackling bushfires..
NSW bushfire crisis: 20 properties destroyed in fire started by backburning, RFS confirmsAt least 20 buildings have been damaged or destroyed in a bushfire on Sydney's outskirts that was started by a backburning operation.