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Fire and Rescue NSW (previously known as New South Wales Fire Brigades), an agency of the Government of New South Wales, Australia, is responsible for firefighting, rescue and hazmat services in the major cities, metropolitan areas and towns across New South Wales. Fire and Rescue NSW is the forth largest urban fire service in the world, with over 6,800 firefighters serving at 335 fire stations throughout the state, supported by 465 administrative and trades staff and 5,700 community fire unit volunteers.[1] FRNSW are also the busiest fire service in Australia, attending over 124,000 incidents a year.[2]

Fire and Rescue NSW
Fire and Rescue NSW logo.svg
Flag of Fire and Rescue New South Wales.svg
Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites
(Newly Risen, How Brightly We Shine)
Operational area
CountryAustralia
StateNew South Wales
Address1 Amarina Ave, Greenacre, New South Wales, Australia
Agency overview
Established14 February 1884
Annual calls165,350 (2015-16)
Employees
  • 3,534 Permanent (Full-time) Firefighters
  • 3,293 Retained (Part-time) Firefighters
  • 5,782 Community Fire Unit Volunteers
Staffing465 Administrative and Trades Staff
CommissionerPaul Baxter QSO
Facilities and equipment
Stations335
Engines422
Ladders2
Rescues11
HAZMAT18
Aerial Pumpers13
Aerial Ladder Platforms13
Website
Official website

The agency operates under the Fire Brigades Act 1989,[3] with a substantial history dating back well over 100 years to the establishment of the New South Wales Fire Brigades in 1910, and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade prior to that in 1884.[4] The organisation is led by the Commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW, currently Paul Baxter QSO, who reports to the Minister for Emergency Services, currently The Hon. David Elliot MP.

HistoryEdit

 
Fire and Rescue NSW in action. Paddington (Sydney), July 2012

Early firefighting in New South Wales was made up of a number of small insurance and volunteer based fire brigades located predominantly around central Sydney. Following a series of major fires, most notably the Garden Palace Fire in 1882, firefighting in Sydney was formalised into one organisation on February 14, 1884, resulting in the formation of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).[4] The MFB initially operating out of the former Insurance Brigade Headquarters on Bathurst Street but soon began to seek new locations for expansion. The first station opened by the MFB was No. 3 Stanmore (initially known as Marrickville) in 1886. This was soon followed by the construction of their new Headquarters on Castlereagh Street (No. 1 Station) in 1888, which remains New South Wales' oldest operational fire station to this day.[5]

In 1910, the Fire Brigades Act was extended to cover not just Sydney but the entire state of New South Wales. The former Metropolitan Fire Brigade as a result became the New South Wales Fire Brigades (NSWFB).[5] The organisation continued to grow, with many towns across the state seeking to establish permanent fire services, often after major fires of their own. The NSWFB's expansion continued through the early 20th Century to become responsible for hundreds of stations and thousands of firefighters, even after significant post war cuts in 1945. Through the mid to late 20th Century, NSWFB firefighters faced some of the most dangerous and deadly emergencies in the states history, including the 1979 Luna Park Ghost Train Fire, the 1977 Granville Rail Disaster, the 1981 Sylvania Heights Nursing Home Fire, the 1981 Rembrandt Hostel Fire, the 1989 Downunder Hostel Fire and the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake, along with countless major bushfire emergencies including the 1968, 1974/75, 1979 and 1980 bush fire seasons.

The 1990s and early 2000s saw significant changes in the NSWFB and in firefighting as a whole. Development in training and equipment saw the more widespread use of Breathing Apparatus and Thermal Imaging Cameras, along with improved Personal Protective Equipment and more modern appliances. In 1991, NSWFB took over primary rescue response from the NSW Police in a number of areas in Sydney.[6] This saw a shift in the brigade, as they began to increase their capabilities in general and specialist rescue. This period also saw a number of major emergencies across the state, including the 1991 Palm Grove Hostel Fire, the 1994 Bushfires, the 1995 Speed Street Fire, the 1997 Thredbo Landslide, the 1997 Bushfires, the 1999 Glenbrook Train Derailment, the 1999 Sydney Hailstorm, the 2001 Bushfires, the 2002/03 Bushfires, the 2003 Waterfall Train Derailment and the 2006 Bushfires.[7]

Since the late 2000s, the brigade have been working to modernise themselves as a world class fire service. In 2011, the New South Wales Fire Brigades became Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW),[8] to better emphasise their growing role in rescue (Following the brigade taking over primary rescue from the NSW Ambulance in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong in 2011).[9] FRNSW have also been focused on further developing their Personal Protective Equipment. In 2013, firefighters received new Personal Protective Clothing, featuring a Nomex and Kevlar blend called Titan, combined with an inner moisture barrier to prevent steam burns.[10] This was followed by the roll out of new MSA and Pac Fire Firefighting and General Purpose Helmets and in 2015, new MSA Breathing Apparatus sets in 2017 and new flash hoods and firefighting gloves in 2018.[11][12] In 2016, FRNSW rolled out Mobile Data Terminals to every station, which are portable tablets that allow firefighters to access live resources, call details, advanced maps, weather radars, data sheets and much more.[13]

FRNSW have been working to incorporate further new technologies into their fleet, including the development of their two high tech Mobile Command Centres,[14] the incorporation of Compressed Air Foam Systems into their appliances,[15] the implementation of a remote Turbine Assisted Firefighting Unit,[16] the development of the Hytrans Bulk Water Transfer System[17] and the development of their Remote Piloted Aircraft (Drone) System.[18] In 2016, FRNSW relocated their Headquarters to a brand new building at Greenacre, which serves as a modern work space for both operational and administrative staff.[19] This was followed in 2018 by the construction of the new Emergency Services Academy at Orchard Hills, which provides firefighters with a modern practical learning environment, aiming to maintain and improve firefighter safety and skills.[20] In 2018, Fire and Rescue NSW rolled out the ‘Plus Plan’, an organisational strategy to develop an internal model for success and community education, with an emphasis on their new roles and technologies.

EmblemEdit

The Fire and Rescue NSW emblem includes the NSW state emblem with the State motto Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites, which is Latin for 'Newly Risen How Brightly We Shine'.

A flag based on the British Blue Ensign with FRNSW emblem is also used.

CommissionerEdit

The Commissioner's official vehicle bears New South Wales number plate 10, which has been on continuous issue to the head of the fire department in NSW from the Roads and Maritime Services since 1910.[21][22]

Paul Baxter QSO was appointed Commissioner of Fire & Rescue NSW on 16 January 2017. He was previously National Commander of the New Zealand Fire Service and the National Rural Fire Authority.[23]

Name Title Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Vice Admiral Ian MacDougall AC AFSM Commissioner 10 June 1994 4 July 2003 9 years, 24 days [24]
Greg Mullins AO AFSM 4 July 2003 6 January 2017 13 years, 186 days [25][26][27][28][29][30]
Paul Baxter QSO 16 January 2017 Incumbent 2 years, 272 days [31][32]

OrganisationEdit

Staffing

Fire and Rescue NSW operate two levels of staffing, Permanent and Retained. Permanent Firefighters are full-time career crews who work predominately 24 hour shifts. Each permanent station is made up of four platoons, A B C & D. Each station is assigned a minimum of one Pumper with a crew of 3 firefighters and a station officer per shift. Some multi appliance stations such as City of Sydney can have as many as 20 firefighters on a platoon. Permanent stations are typically located in Metropolitan areas (Such as Sydney and Newcastle) and Regional centres (Such as Lismore and Dubbo).[33]

Retained Firefighters are part-time on call crews, who are notified by pager and travel to the fire station from home or work when an emergency occurs. Retained firefighters are predominantly located in outer Metropolitan and Regional areas. Retained firefighters operate off an availability roster, where each firefighter has to give their available hours for the day/week. This system ensures that there is always a minimum safe crew of four Retained Firefighters available to turnout at any given time. A number of stations, particularly in regional areas, have a mix of both Permanent and Retained crews, who work together and often provide backup for one another.[34]

Zones

Stations in New South Wales are organised geographically (often by LGA) into zones which are spread around the state. Each zone consists of between 10 and 20 stations. Each platoon of each zone is run by a Duty Commander, who not only manages the platoon but responds operationally as a commander to emergencies within the zone. Each zone then has an overall Zone Commander, who manages on a zone based level. Three zones then make up an Area, which is managed by an Area Commander. In New South Wales there are 21 Zones which form 7 Areas.[35]

The 7 Areas are split between Metropolitan and Regional. The Metro Areas report to the Assistant Commissioner of Metropolitan Operations, whilst the Regional Areas report to the Assistant Commissioner of Regional Operations. Both of these officers then report to the Deputy Commissioner of Field Operations, who in turn reports to the Commissioner. This tiered system means that management can be tailored at each level to suit local operational needs.[35]

Specialist Sections

Fire and Rescue NSW operate a number of specialist operational and support sections including;

Operational Communications - Responsible for Triple Zero call taking, dispatch and emergency communications, operating out of two Communications Centres at Alexandria and Newcastle.[36]

Fire Investigation and Research - Responsible for investigating the cause and origin of fires (including the operation of Australia's first accelerant detection dogs), as well as research into fire behaviour and fire dynamics, who operate out of their base at Greenacre and their research centre at Londonderry.[37][38]

Community and Fire Safety - Responsible for increasing community and business resilience to emergencies through effective community education as well as in the field assessments and inspections.[39]

Education and Training - Responsible for providing high quality education and training for firefighters, improving skills and increasing safety, utilising the Emergency Services Academy at Orchard Hills.[40]

Capability Management - Responsible for developing and enhancing Fire and Rescue's operational capabilities, including Firefighting, Rescue, HazMat, Incident Management and others. Development of these capabilities are what keeps FRNSW a leading world class fire service.

Specialised Operations - Responsible for managing Fire and Rescue's highly specialised Rescue, USAR, HazMat, Bushfire and Aviation Sections. They run from a number of locations, mainly the Specialised Operations Centre at the Orchard Hills Academy.[41]

Logistics - Responsible for maintaining the organisations huge logistics demand, including equipment management and distribution, and the management and maintenance of Fire and Rescue's huge vehicle fleet and property infrastructure.[42]

FRNSW operate a number of other specialist support sections include Finance, Governance and Legal, Information and Technology, People and Culture along with many others who support frontline firefighters and operations.[1][35][43]

Community Fire Units

Community fire units (CFUs) are volunteer teams of local residents trained to safeguard their homes during a bushfire, until the fire brigades can get there, or to 'mop up' after a fire has passed so fire units can be released to attend more urgent incidents. CFU members are not firefighters.[44] The aim of the CFU program is to reduce the impact of bushfires on the community and to protect life and property from bushfires. A typical team is made up of six to 12 members. Recruitment is within the local community. Local fire stations conduct regular training sessions with volunteers. The training focus is on bushfire education, prevention and preparation.

OperationsEdit

Responding from 355 Fire Stations across the state, Fire and Rescue NSW protect over 7 million people across New South Wales (over 90% of the state) from fires and emergencies and attend over 124,000 calls a year.[1][2]

Fire

The majority of Fire and Rescue NSW's workload comes from fires, with the brigade responding to over 68,000 fire related calls in the 2017/18 period. These included over 6,000 structure fires, ranging from house fires to high rise fires and everything in between. Fire Rescue NSW's busiest station for fires is Ropes Crossing, who attend over 650 confirmed fires a year. FRNSW maintain a strong percentage of having 78% of structure fires contained to the room of origin, which can be attributed to the tenacity and hard work of firefighters, combined with the strong work of Fire Safety and Community Education.[2] FRNSW attend an average of about 350 'Greater Alarm' fires a year, which are fires that require the attendance of four or more stations. The largest attendance at a structure fire in 2018 was a 9th Alarm Factory Fire in Seven Hills, which required more than 25 stations to get under control.[45]

FRNSW also responded to close to 9,000 bushfires in 2017/18, including a number of major wild fires that destroyed thousands hectares of bushland along with hundreds of houses. FRNSW operate a dedicated Bushfire and Aviation Section, based at Sydney Olympic Park, which is co-located with the NSW Rural Fire Service Headquarters.[2] FRNSW work closely with the NSW Rural Fire Service along with other agencies including the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the NSW Forestry Corporation. Together, all four agencies come together to protect the state from bush and grass fires across all jurisdictions. In April 2018, over 70 FRNSW stations along with the RFS and NPWS attended a 17th Alarm Bush Fire which threatened hundreds of houses in Wattle Grove, Holsworthy, Menai and Alfords Point. Together, firefighters worked to prevent a single property loss as a result of the fire.[46]

Rescue

 
FRNSW HazMat and Water Tanker

As the largest rescue provider in the state, Fire and Rescue NSW responded to over 12,000 rescue's in 2017/18.[2] Fire and Rescue NSW are equipped to deal with all varieties of rescue incidents, including Domestic, Industrial, Road Crash, Transport, Confined Space, Vertical, Heavy Vehicle, Alpine, Trench, Bariatric, Swift Water, Large Animal and Collapse rescues.[47] Along with standard ‘Primary’ and ‘Secondary’ rescue units, Fire and Rescue NSW operate 7 Heavy Rescues and 4 Technical Rescues across the metropolitan areas state, which carry an extensive array of heavy and technical rescue equipment.[48]

Fire and Rescue NSW also operate one of Australia's two Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces (NSWTF1 / AUS-2), who are accredited as a Heavy USAR Team by the United Nations INSARG. The Team are based out of Sydney, with a number of operators and vehicles across the state capable of providing both a domestic and international capability.[49] In 2011, Fire and Rescue NSW deployed the Team in a Heavy capacity twice to both the Christchurch Earthquake and the Japan Earthquake & Tsunami.[50][51]

Hazardous Materials

Fire and Rescue NSW are the sole responsible agency for Hazardous Materials incidents in inland New South Wales. They attended over 16,000 hazardous conditions incidents in 2017/18, ranging from gas leaks to chemical spills.[2] Each station is equipped to deal with HazMat incidents to an extent, such as absorbing fuels, basic hydrocarbon booming, atmospheric monitoring and decontamination. Across the state, Fire and Rescue NSW operate 6 Heavy HazMats which are capable of dealing with more serious incidents, which are supported by 25 intermediate HazMat stations regionally.

Additional capability is provided by the HazMat Advisory Response Team (HART), who can deploy on a statewide basis with a range of highly specialised equipment such as Raman and Infra-red spectrometers. HART can also deploy the Otter II, their waterways response vessel, along with their mass decontamination units among other capabilities. Fire and Rescue NSW's Scientific Officers provide specialist scientific technical advise to crews statewide and can respond their mobile laboratory when required.[52]

Emergency Response

Fire and Rescue NSW are on hand 24/7 every day of the year available to assist the residents in New South Wales in their times of need. Fire and Rescue NSW work closely with the NSW State Emergency Service to respond to incidents during and following storm/weather events, such as chainsawing downed trees, tarping roofs and pumping out flooded areas.[53] This is in addition to Fire and Rescue NSW's flood/swift water rescue role. Another one of Fire and Rescue NSW's unique roles is their snake handling capability, with firefighters across the state trained in the safe capture and removal of snakes from peoples homes.[54] Rescuing children and pets locked in cars forms another important part of Fire and Rescue NSW's role, particularly in hot Australian summers.[55]

In eleven remote/rural locations across the state, Fire and Rescue NSW are involved in the Community First Responder (CFR) program.[1] CFR involves firefighters responding to medical emergencies with NSW Ambulance, who are often located some distance away from the areas involved. Firefighters provide initial lifesaving patient care, who are supported by paramedics upon their arrival.[56] Stations across the state are regularly called upon to assist NSW Ambulance in a general capacity also, often simply providing manpower and specialist equipment when needed. These are just some of the diverse range of public calls for assistance that Fire and Rescue NSW attend every year.[2]

Fire engines (Appliances)Edit

 
Red and yellow Sillitoe Tartan livery of FRNSW appliances

All FRNSW appliances (fire engines) are custom designed. The specialised equipment to be carried on appliances is drawn from a standardised listing which forms a managed inventory and is specific to each appliance type and model. Standardisation of inventory is extremely important as this ensures equipment is stowed in an approved and ergonomic manner. It also ensures the appliance is not overloaded and is within its legal load carrying capacity.

Water TankersEdit

 
NSWRFS Isuzu tanker with similar design and body to FRNSW tankers

FRNSW has a total of 150 4x4 Water Tanker appliances, in addition to 6 Bulk Tankers and 2 Bulk Water Semi Trailers:[57]

Class Chassis Make and Model Body Manufacturer Commissioned Number Water Tank Capacity
Tanker Class 1 (Isuzu) Isuzu FTS700 Australian Fire Company 1996 – 1997 34 Vehicles 1800L – 3000L
Tanker Class 1 (Isuzu) Isuzu FTS750 Mills Tui 2004 – 2006 33 Vehicles 3000L
Tanker Class 1 (Isuzu) Isuzu FTS800 Mills Tui 2009 – 2011 24 Vehicles 2200L – 2700L
Tanker Class 1 (Isuzu) Isuzu FTS800 Kuipers Engineering

(CAFS variants by Varley)

2014 – 2018 24 Vehicles 3000L
Tanker Class 1 (Mercedes) Mercedes Atego 1626 Varley Specialised Vehicles 2014 – 2016 29 Vehicles 2700L – 3200L
Bulk Tanker Class 1 (Isuzu) Isuzu FVS1400 Varley Specialised Vehicles 2014 – 2016 6 Vehicles 9000L
Light Tanker Class 1 (Mitsubishi) Mitsubishi Canter Phillips Engineering 2007 – 2008 2 Vehicles 1500L
Light Tanker Class 1 (Isuzu) Isuzu NPS64 Westrucks 2016 4 Vehicles 1500L
Bulk Water Trailers Hockney Engineering 1987 – 1995 2 Vehicles 28000L – 33000L

PumpersEdit

 
FRNSW Scania P310 Pumper

FRNSW has a total of 422 Pumpers.

Class

(Previous Class)

Chassis Make and Model Body Manufacturer Commissioned Number Pump Capacity
Pumper Class 2 (Isuzu)

(Type 2 Pumper)

Isuzu FTR800 Skilled Equipment Manufacturing 1999 – 2007 167 Vehicles 3000LPM

@1000kPA

Pumper Class 2 (Isuzu)

(Type 2 Pumper)

Isuzu FTR900 Skilled Equipment Manufacturing 2009 – 2010 30 Vehicles 3000LPM

@1000kPA

Pumper Class 2 (Mercedes)

(Type 2 Pumper)

Mercedes Atego Kuipers Engineering 2014 – 2018 52 vehicles 3000LPM

@1000kPA

Pumper Class 3 (Varley Commander)

(20 Type 4 and 11 Type 5 Pumpers)

VSV Commander Mk I Varley Specialised Vehicles 2000 – 2002 31 Vehicles 3500LPM – 5300LPM

@1000kPA

Pumper Class 3 (Varley Commander)
(Type 3 Pumper)
VSV Commander Mk II Varley Specialised Vehicles 2002 – 2005 22 Vehicles 3500LPM

@1000kPA

Pumper Class 3 (Scania)
(Type 4 Pumper)
Scania P94D Australian Fire Company 2001 – 2002 12 Vehicles 3500LPM

@1000kPA

Pumper Class 3 (Scania)


Scania P310/P320 Skilled Equipment Manufacturing

(One VSV Prototype)

2007 – 2012 87 Vehicles 3900LPM

@1000kPA

Pumper Class 3 (Scania)


Scania P320 Kuipers Engineering 2017 – 2019 21 Vehicles 4100LPM

@1000kPA

Prior to 2008, the then NSWFB designated their pumping appliance fleet into five specific Types:

  • Type 1 (4x4 Ind Isuzu FTS700 & FTS750 Tankers and 4x2 Ind Isuzu FTR800 Pumpers)
  • Type 2 (4x2 PTO Isuzu FTR800 Pumpers)
  • Type 3 (4x2 PTO International 1810 & 2250, Austral Fire Pac, Scania 92M, Scania 93M, Mercedes 1625, Volvo F17 and Varley Commander II Pumpers)
  • Type 4 (4x2 PTO Varley Commander I and Scania P94D Pumpers)
  • Type 5 (4x2 PTO Varley Commander I Super Pumpers and Scania P94G Aerial Pumpers)

During 2008, the introduction of new Scania P310 Pumpers meant the gap between Type 3/4 and 5 Pumpers was becoming negligible, along with the fact many Type 5 Pumpers were being replaced from service. This, combined with the planned withdrawal of 4x2 Type 1 Pumpers resulted in the system being reworked into a three Class system.

  • Class 1 - All 4x4 Tankers (Isuzu FTS700 & 750)
  • Class 2 - All 4x2 Medium Pumpers (Isuzu FTR800 and Inter 1810)
  • Class 3 - All 4x2 Heavy Pumpers (Inter 2250, Firepac, Mercedes, Volvo, Varley Commander and Scania Pumpers)

In 2014, Fire and Rescue NSW signed a contract with Kuipers Engineering to recycle fibreglass bodies from existing Isuzu FTR800 appliances onto new Mercedes Atego 4x2 chassis'.[58] As a result of this project, 52 vehicles have been "recycled".

Aerial AppliancesEdit

 
FRNSW Scania P94G Aerial Pumper

FRNSW operate a total of 29 aerial appliances:[59]

Class Chassis/Aerial Make and Model Body Manufacturer Commissioned Number Aerial Reach
Aerial Pumper Scania P94G Telesqurt Mills Tui 1999 – 2000 9 Vehicles 15 Metres
Aerial Pumper Scania P340/P360 Telesqurt Alexander Perrie & Co 2009 – 2012 4 Vehicles 15 Metres
Turntable Ladder Iveco DL23 TTL Iveco Magirus/Varley Specialised Vehicles 2002 2 Vehicles 30 Metres
Ladder Platform Mercedes K2437 Bronto Alexander Perrie & Co 1996 – 2000 6 Vehicles (2 Non Operational) 37 Metres
Ladder Platform Scania Bronto F37-HDT Alexander Perrie & Co 2003 – 2008 3 Vehicles 37 Metres
Ladder Platform Scania Bronto F27-RLH Alexander Perrie & Co 2005 – 2007 4 Vehicles 27 Metres
Ladder Platform Scania Bronto 44-RLH Alexander Perrie & Co 2010 1 Vehicle 44 Metres
 
FRNSW Scania Rescue Pumper

Rescue AppliancesEdit

FRNSW operate a total of 18 dedicated Rescue appliances and 3 USAR vehicles:[59]

Class Chassis Make and Model Body Manufacturer Commissioned Number
Heavy Rescue Isuzu FVD950 Mills Tui 2000 – 2001 8 Vehicles
Heavy Rescue Isuzu FVD1000 Mills Tui 2009 – 2013 6 Vehicles
Technical Rescue Scania P310 Varley Specialised Vehicles 2017 – 2018 4 Vehicles
Urban Search and Rescue Isuzu FVD1000 Streamline Truck and Body Builders 2009 2 Vehicles
Urban Search and Rescue Mercedes Actros Peki Transport Equipment 2003 1 Vehicles

HazMat AppliancesEdit

 
FRNSW HazMat Van

FRNSW operate a total of 25 dedicated HazMat appliances, along with 4 HazMat related specialist vehicles:[59]

Class Chassis Make and Model Body Manufacturer Commissioned Number
HazMat Van Mercedes Sprinter ETT Engineering 2000 – 2006 2 Vehicles
HazMat Van Mercedes Sprinter Neil Ellis Fabrications 2017 14 Vehicles
Heavy HazMat Iveco International Acco Mills Tui 1999 3 Vehicles
Heavy HazMat Isuzu FVD950 Varley Specialised Vehicles 2007 6 Vehicles
HART Special Operations Isuzu FVD1000 Streamline Truck and Body Builders 2009 1 Vehicle
CO2 Tender Isuzu FFR550/600 Mills Tui 1995 – 2012 2 Vehicles
Scientific Van Mercedes Sprinter Neil Ellis Fabrications 2012 1 Vehicle
 
FRNSW Nissan Pathfinder Duty Commander

Support AppliancesEdit

FRNSW operate a number of specialist operational support vehicles including:

Class Chassis Make and Model Body Manufacturer Commissioned Number
Mobile Command Centre Scania G400 Varley Specialised Vehicles 2015 2 Vehicles
Hooklift Transporter Scania P280 Scania/Hyvalift 2013 1 Vehicle
Hooklift Transporter Isuzu FVY1400 Isuzu/Hyvalift 2016 1 Vehicle
Logistic Support Vehicle Isuzu/Mitsubishi Various 2010 – 2017 7 Vehicles
Foam Transport Vehicle Isuzu NPR Isuzu 2017 1 Vehicle
Rehab Van Mercedes Sprinter ETT Engineering 2000 – 2006 2 Vehicles
Rehab Van Mercedes Sprinter Neil Ellis Fabrications 2013 – 2017 3 Vehicles
Lube Service Vehicle (LSV) Izuzu/UD Various 2015 5 Vehicles

Alpine AppliancesEdit

FRNSW operate a number of specialist alpine vehicles, which operate out of the Thredbo and Perisher Valley protecting the Snowy Mountains Skit Resorts.

Class Chassis Make and Model Body Manufacturer Commissioned Number
Hagglund All Terrain Pumper Hagglund BV 206 AMT Hagglund 1983 – 1988 2 Vehicles
Skidoo Yamaha VK450EE Yamaha 2004 – 2013 8 Vehicles
Quad Bike Polaris Big Boss 800 Polaris 2010 – 2014 4 Vehicles

Community engagementEdit

Fire and Rescue NSW engages in a variety of community training and education activities, and has partnered with GIO General[60] to promote fire risk awareness and safety. Events such as Fire Prevention Week[61] are organised by FRNSW during the year.

In 2011 FRNSW and GIO General created an advertising campaign to highlight the serious ramifications of fire in the domestic environment and to encourage people to use the free home fire safety audit tool - the advertising campaign was accompanied by a harrowing video[62] telling the story of Linda, who not only suffered a brain injury in a domestic fire, causing her to have to learn to walk and talk again, but she also lost her sister to the blaze. Additionally FRNSW worked with GIO to create a tranche of informational fire safety videos.[63]

As well as providing hands-on community support, FRNSW utilises their Twitter profile and Facebook page to engage with the wider NSW community.

See alsoEdit

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