Welcome to Blue Mountains Branch, Division 4 of the NSW Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA). The RFSA is officially recognised (in the Rural Fires Act 1997) and respected as the representative association of the 70,000 volunteers and staff members of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) in NSW.
The Blue Mountains Branch of the RFSA supports all 23 local RFS District Brigades through representation committees at both District & RFSA Divisional meetings.
Our current membership consists of over 1,700 registered members ( June 2018 ).
Quarterly Branch meetings are held to allow Brigade membership input for discussion & escalation of local issues through the District & more Service wide issues through the RFSA Division & State meeting.
The branch executive represent the views of the District Brigades at the District Funding Committee & The District RFSA & Council Liaison meetings.
The RFSA is structured to represent the views of all volunteer and staff members of the Rural Fire Service in NSW and provide the most effective means of directly influencing such things as legislation, fire service structure, brigade funding, training, health and safety, and equipment standards. It is a non-partisan organisation that works alongside the RFS and other emergency response agencies to support government in the development of the Rural Fire Service in NSW.
Our mission is to support our Members in protecting the community. A considerable range of Member benefits and discounts are provided through the RFSA Grants program, Member Benefits Program, Retail Shop, sponsorships, scholarships, brigade web hosting, fire fighters foundation, and other ‘giving’ programs.
NSW RFS Donations Update 24/01/2020
Many members are talking about the large amounts of money collected by third parties for the NSW Rural Fire Service and Brigades Donations Fund (The Trust).
As the recognised representative association of the volunteers and staff of the NSW RFS, the RFSA has a voice to convey the opinions of our members to the NSW RFS which administers The Trust on behalf of the Trustees, and to the Trustees themselves.
There are certain limitations under the Trust Deed, which are discussed further in the following Donations Update issued by RFS Commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM.
“The NSW RFS Brigades and Donations Trust has a specific purpose and people have donated for this intent – to support volunteer brigades with equipment, training and resources relating to their emergency service role. Funds must and will be used for this purpose.
We’re establishing a $10 million fund for our volunteer brigades”
I encourage you to engage with your local RFSA Branch or Division Representatives to put forward your ideas of where this money would provide the most benefit.
If you are unable to attend your local RFSA meetings, we are also collating comments made to the RFSA Office via email to email@example.com.
New Operational Brief
Update on RFS Emergency Vehicles U-turn
Join the RFSA
To join the RFSA click on the following link, note you will need your RFS volunteer number but omit the first 3 numbers i.e, 560.
Your RFSA Member Advantage Program provides you with an extensive range of quality lifestyle and financial benefits through Member Advantage. Members can take advantage of value for money savings on benefits all year round, with unlimited access to a variety of quality brands well established in the marketplace. Benefits include discounts on dining, entertainment, accommodation, movie tickets, shopping, insurance, financial services and many more. For a list of participants Click Here
You can download your Member Benefits digital card to your smart phone. This provides on the go access and replaces the need to have or carry a physical card.
Features of the digital card include:
- Near me map & list – bring up the map of participating venues and either click on the location points or scroll down to view the venue details.