The FireWise program is run by RFS members trained in
community education techniques and aims to create a fire-sensible
population. Advice and training is given on personal safety, identifying
hazards and ways to treat them, and safe burning practices.
FireWise program is run by RFS members trained in community education
techniques and aims to create a fire-sensible population. Advice and
training is given on personal safety, identifying hazards and ways to treat
them, and safe burning practices
Bush FireWise Action Plan This is a plan that residents in bush fire prone
areas should complete, considering all members of the household. Information
on how to complete the Bush FireWise Action Plan can be found on the
FireWise Action Plan page
Community FireWise Groups This is a coordinated program where residents can
become involved with fire safety in their community. Trained facilitators
help to set up and maintain Community FireWise Groups.
Static Water Supply (SWS) Marking System The SWS marking system provides
specially designed markers for landowners with useable water supplies such
as dams and pools. Brigades record these as part of pre-incident planning to
source readily available water.
Blue Hydrant Markers Reflective markers are placed near the centre of a road
adjacent to a water hydrant, enabling brigades to quickly identify where
hydrants are located. Residents are encouraged to ‘adopt a hydrant' to
ensure it is clear of debris and always visible. Unhindered access to
hydrants in emergency situations benefits everyone.
Visits to schools, field days, agricultural shows and fetes The RFS has a
mobile education unit housed in a pantechnicon truck. On board are 5
computers with fire safety games for children, fire prevention information
for adults and a variety of audiovisual information.
Cadet Volunteer Program The community relies on people, from all walks of
life, to give their time to become members of the RFS. Cadets learn new and
marketable skills that assist them in their day-to-day life. They get to
help make their community a safer place to live in and enjoy the support of
the rest of their community for their efforts. Cadet membership is not only
about being future firefighters, a range of roles are available including:
Radio Communications Welfare Support Catering Equipment Maintenance
Community Education Administration Fundraising Community Activity
Competition Championships Recreational Activity Social Activity Firefighter
Fireguard for Kids The Fireguard for Kids program targets children from
kindergarten to year 6. Firefighters visit schools to teach fire prevention
and personal safety. The RFS has also worked closely with the NSW Board of
Studies and the Department of Education and Training to produce a range of
educational material and resources to complement the curriculum taught in
schools across NSW. Publications include Firesafe for primary school
students, and FireScience and Fifty Years of Fire for secondary students.
FireWise communities experience
fewer fires and fewer fire-related deaths, injuries and property losses.
Bushfire prone communities are safer when they understand how to act in a
bushfire situation, such as:
- when to call ‘000’
- what a Total Fire Ban means
- how to prepare their property
- what to wear when protecting their home