Rural Fire Service (RFS)

The aim of the RFS Activity programme is to have all student participants pass the entry-level RFS qualification of Bush Firefighter, (BF), which allows them to participate in local hazard reduction works and exercises as probationary (and hopefully later as full) brigade members. This course is run by qualified RFS instructors and assessors.

Students need to be 16 years or over in order to become ordinary active members of the Rural Fire Service, joining either the local Dumaresq Brigade or preferably for boarders, a brigade near their own home. This requires applicants to fulfil all of the normal entry requirements of the Rural Fire Service, including interview and election to probationary membership of a brigade.

The TAS RFS Activity would not be possible without the active support and guidance of staff of the New England Zone of the Rural Fire Service and particularly our Zone Manager, Steve Mepham.

Our ability to use the facilities of the local Fire Control Centre and the equipment of the Armidale/Dumaresq Fire Brigade are essential to this program, and we thank them very much for their support over the years.

Training occurs over one or two days per term and then a full week in term 4, and includes the anatomy of a fire, the role of hazard reduction, use and maintenance of equipment, risk assessment, and communication. They also complete a recognised chainsaw course delivered through New England Institute of TAFE.

Boys considering applying to join RFS should be aware that there is a cost involved for training, equipment and accreditation, and should ask the Master in Charge about this.

Bevan Michel – Master in Charge can be contacted by email.