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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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Exclusive: Tens of thousands rush to become volunteer firefighters amid bushfires

The 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..
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‘The RFS abandoned our village’: Balmoral laments lack of action

Balmoral 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.
The Age - Published

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Support dog brings smiles to Australia firefighters [Video]Support dog brings smiles to Australia firefighters

Ember, a crisis response dog, gets a cuddle during a visit to NSW Rural Fire Service headquarters in Australia

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:40Published

Support dog brings smiles to Australia firefighers [Video]Support dog brings smiles to Australia firefighers

Ember, a crisis response dog, gets a cuddle during a visit to NSW Rural Fire Service headquarters in Australia

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:40Published

Australia bush fires expected to spread into the new year [Video]Australia bush fires expected to spread into the new year

The New South Wales Fire Service has warned of fires spreading into the new year, highlighting new areas predicted to be affected. It comes as all of the states in the country experience a heatwave,..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:55Published

Bushfires threaten Sydney's water supplies ahead of heatwave [Video]Bushfires threaten Sydney's water supplies ahead of heatwave

Australian authorities said on Friday they are focused on protecting water plants, pumping stations, pipes and other infrastructure from intense bushfires surrounding Sydney, the country's largest..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:59Published

Meet one of the many facing Australia's bushfires [Video]Meet one of the many facing Australia's bushfires

Already weary from more intense bushfires this season, debate has sparked over whether Australia's volunteer firefighters should be paid. Libby Hogen reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 03:12Published

Australia's PM apologises for Hawaiian holiday as bushfire crisis continues [Video]Australia's PM apologises for Hawaiian holiday as bushfire crisis continues

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the Rural Fire Service (RFS) headquarters in Sydney on Sunday, having returned from a holiday in Hawaii that drew sharp criticism as the bushfires..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:51Published

Australia fires: Scott Morrison apologises for family holiday [Video]Australia fires: Scott Morrison apologises for family holiday

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologised for taking a family holiday in Hawaii as deadly wildfires raged across several states, destroying homes and claiming the lives of two volunteer..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:10Published

'An awful day': catastrophic conditions fuel Australia's bushfires [Video]'An awful day': catastrophic conditions fuel Australia's bushfires

Powerful winds and high temperatures are exacerbating bushfires across Australia, with blazes encircling Sydney burning at a dangerous level. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:36Published

Australia's State Of New South Wales Declares Second State Of Emergency [Video]Australia's State Of New South Wales Declares Second State Of Emergency

The Australian state of New South Wales declared a state of emergency for the second time in two months. According to CNN, firefighters are battling nearly 100 active fires during a record-breaking..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Bushfire ash turns Sydney beach sand black [Video]Bushfire ash turns Sydney beach sand black

Sydney's golden beaches have turned black after ash from nearby bushfires fell along its coastline.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:59Published

 

'No clock-off, some days you get no sleep': What it’s like being an RFS firefighter on the frontline

The 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.
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Obsolete technology is blinding the Rural Fire Service

It is time to update communication and computing equipment and bring the Rural Fire Service into the digital age.
The Age - Published

More than 770 homes destroyed in eight days as bushfires ravage NSW

The RFS said that of the 1687 homes lost across the state, 771 have been destroyed since January 1.
The Age - Published

Hazard reduction not a panacea, RFS boss Shane Fitzsimmons says

The NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner has weighed in on hazard reduction, saying the single biggest impediment to completing burns is weather.
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Hazard reduction burns are 'not the panacea': RFS boss

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has defended the RFS' record on hazard reduction burning, saying the agency was not comprised of "environmental bastards".
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Buddhist monks offer RFS volunteers free massages to reduce stress

The gesture reflects the ongoing appreciation Thai people have for Australia following the rescue of 12 young boys in a cave in 2018.
The Age - Published

Teenager among 180 people facing legal action over lighting fires

A 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.
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'Significant damage and destruction': NSW counts the latest bushfire cost

The NSW Rural Fire Service has received reports of "significant damage and destruction" from the state's bushfires.
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Properties losses reported in NSW fires

The NSW Rural Fire Service has received reports of "significant damage and destruction" from the state's bushfires.
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New bushfire sweeps through Southern Highlands, destroying homes

The spread of the fire was far greater than what the RFS had predicted under its worst-case mapping scenario.
The Age - Published

RFS chief urges federal government to lock-in funding for aerial firefighting

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says a case for a budget increase to the national aerial firefighting fleet has been with Canberra for 18 months.
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Fire chief says budget for aerial resources needs to be 'locked-in' as Australian burns

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says a case for a budget increase to the national aerial firefighting fleet has been with Canberra for 18 months.
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Set budget urged for aerial fire fleet

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says a case for a budget increase to the national aerial firefighting fleet has been with Canberra for 18 months.
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Concern bushfires could break into suburban western Sydney

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says there is a chance a massive bushfire could break out and move into suburban parts of western Sydney.
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Fire fleet needs set budget: commissioner

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says a case for a budget increase to the national aerial firefighting fleet has been with Canberra for 18 months.
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Major concern NSW fires could break into Sydney suburbs

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says there is a chance a massive bushfire could break out and move into suburban parts of western Sydney.
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'Not defendable': Fire crews order complete evacuation of NSW town

The 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.
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RFS deems 1300-strong NSW town "not defendable" ahead of Friday fires

The 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.
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Watch: NSW RFS update on bushfires

For a full wrap and analysis of national and international news, tune into SBS World News every night at 6.30pm (AEST).
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'Just heartbreaking': NSW volunteer firefighter killed while battling blaze near Victorian border

Two other firefighters have suffered burns after the truck they were travelling in rolled, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service confirmed.
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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.
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'The volunteers don't want payment': NSW RFS boss lashes Volunteer Fire Fighters Association

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.
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'Not the day to start your holiday': Holiday-makers urged to delay travel as NSW faces catastrophic fire conditions

The NSW RFS and police have urged people not to travel on Saturday amid catastrophic fire danger forecast for the state.
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Homes at threat as NSW once again faces catastrophic fire conditions

The NSW RFS and police have urged people not to travel on Saturday amid catastrophic fire danger forecast for the state.
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More NSW homes under threat from bushfires

The NSW RFS and police have urged people not to travel on Saturday amid catastrophic fire danger forecast for the state.
SBS - Published

'Mum, I need a hug' ... a proud parent's tribute to her firefighter son

As 20 homes burned and three firefighters were injured on Thursday, one mother writes about of her son, a 20-year-old RFS volunteer.
The Age - Published

This is what firefighters are dealing with in the Blue Mountains

Firefighters 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..
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NSW bushfire crisis: 20 properties destroyed in fire started by backburning, RFS confirms

At least 20 buildings have been damaged or destroyed in a bushfire on Sydney's outskirts that was started by a backburning operation.
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Sydney set for a smoky Sunday, with temperatures of 40C predicted for week ahead

Bushfire smoke will again settle across the Sydney Basin, the RFS says, and temperatures are forecast to hit the high 40s in some parts of NSW later this week.
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Sydney set for a smoky Sunday

Bushfire smoke will again settle across the Sydney Basin, the RFS says, and temperatures are forecast to hit the high 40s in some parts of NSW later this week.
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Firefighters take advantage of cool conditions but vow they’re 'in for the long haul'

NSW firefighters are taking advantage of easing conditions, but they're in it "for the long haul", the Rural Fire Service says.
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'Fireys have nothing in tanks': Ex- chief’s warning as Scott Morrison rejects paying RFS firefighters

Former Fire and Rescue NSW commissioner Greg Mullins warns volunteer fireys are worn out, stressing concerns for their welfare and mental health.
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Scott Morrison visits NSW RFS control centre to say 'thanks for everything they're doing'

Firefighters are trying to contain dozens of bushfires across NSW before temperatures soar later this week as Scott Morrison paid tribute to crews in the field.
SBS - Published

NSW 'living in fear' as bushfires continue to rage

So much of NSW is now alight that smoke from the bushfires is impacting communities across the Tasman Sea in New Zealand, the NSW RFS says.
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NSW bushfire smoke is affecting communities in New Zealand

So much of NSW is now alight that smoke from the bushfires is impacting communities across the Tasman Sea in New Zealand, the NSWRFS says.
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Emergency fire warnings issued in NSW as winds pick up

The NSW Rural Fire Service says this has been the most difficult bushfire season the state has ever seen.
SBS - Published

'We tip our hat': Fireys thank Russell Crowe for spearheading $400,000 donation

Australian actor Russell Crowe has been thanked for encouraging a flurry of six-figure donations to the NSW Rural Fire Service - and has been offered an official RFS cap.
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NSW firefighters battle 100 new blazes

Some 163 fires are currently burning around NSW after about 100 fresh blazes kicked off in 24 hours, the NSW Rural Fire Service says.
SBS - Published

Rural Fire Service firefighter wins compensation for PTSD from State of NSW

A statement of claim said Simon Andrews developed the disorder while attending more than 772 traumatic incidents over seven years.
The Age - Published

'Ultimate betrayal': Volunteer firefighter charged with allegedly lighting fires

Blake William Banner, a 19-year-old volunteer with the Rural Fire Service in south NSW, has allegedly lit fires, left the area and then returned to fight them.
SBS - Published

NSW bushfires: Firefighters backburn to protect homes

RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers says hot and dry conditions on Tuesday will again prove difficult as fires continue to rage.
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Hot, dry weather ahead increases fire danger to severe

A forecast of hot, dry weather has seen the Rural Fire Service issue a severe fire danger rating for five areas of NSW.
SBS - Published

Watch: NSW Rural Fire Service live update

Watch here for live media conference updates on bushfires across NSW and QLD. The next NSW RFS media conference is expected at 2.05pm (AEDT).
SBS - Published

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