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Fire and Rescue NSW's purpose is to enhance community safety, quality of life and confidence by minimising the impact of hazards and emergency incidents on the people, environment and economy of New South Wales. As one of the world’s largest urban fire and rescue services, we manage fire emergencies in NSW’s major cities and towns. We respond to rescues, hazardous materials incidents and possible terrorism activities across the State. We work with other government agencies to minimise the impact of bushfires, storms, floods, landslides, building collapses, motor vehicle accidents and other emergencies. We also run prevention and preparedness programs to prevent these emergencies and reduce their impact on the community.

Apply or register your interest to become a Retained Firefighter NOW!

Search for your local Retained Fire Station by entering your postcode or suburb.

Or call 1800 Firies (1800 347 437) to be put through to your nearest Zone Office.

What is a Retained Firefighter and what do they do?

Automatic Fire Alarms

The False Alarm Charge will increase to $1250 from 1 July 2013

In 2012 FRNSW responded to over 46,000 Automatic Fire Alarms. 98% of these were false alarms.

False alarms put lives at risk. They encourage community complacency and divert resources away from genuine emergencies.

For additional information on how to reduce your false alarms visit the links below:

Latest news

  • Hazard reduction in Bateau Bay
    Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW), in conjunction with Wyong Shire Council, will undertake a hazard reduction operation in Morley Ave, Bateau Bay today <Thursday 20 March >. FRNSW Central Coast Zone...
    Thursday 20th March 2014

  • Over 65s must heed warning
    Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Greg Mullins has urged elderly residents, their families and carers to change their smoke alarm batteries when Daylight Saving ends on Saturday, 6 April. Those...
    Wednesday 12th March 2014

  • Firies and SES volunteers put helicopter rescue skills to the test
    Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters and NSW State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers put their flood rescue skills to the test today [26 February] in a series of exercises conducted...
    Thursday 27th February 2014

  • Fire & Rescue NSW engines and firefighters head to Victoria
    Ten Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) engines, including two specialist high-rise firefighting vehicles, and 30 firefighters headed to Victoria this afternoon to assist firefighters from the Victorian Fire Services, who...
    Wednesday 19th February 2014

  • Applications open: Firefighter recruitment campaign starts
    Today (30 January) Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) launches its 2014 permanent firefighter recruitment campaign. More than 7000 applicants applied for 96 firefighter positions in 2013 with the same if not...
    Thursday 30th January 2014

  • Australia Day medal for longest serving fire officer
    With 52 years of dedicated service to Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and the title of NSW’s longest serving professional firefighter, Mosman Fire Station commander Bill King has been awarded...
    Sunday 26th January 2014


Emergency contacts

Call Triple Zero (000) to report emergencies

In an emergency call
Triple Zero (000)

Bushfire Information
Call the NSW Rural Fire Service: 1800 679 737

Floods and Storms
Call the SES: 132 500

What we're doing

Latest updates via Twitter

  • Apr 19, 2014, 9:36 pm - UPDATE #Hurstville: Smoke from rubbish alight in car park lift shaft. #Fire contained in lower motor room.
  • Apr 19, 2014, 9:11 pm - #FRNSW investigating smoke in a shopping centre, #Hurstville. 100 ppl evac'd.
  • Apr 19, 2014, 12:37 pm - UPDATE #Strathfield: #Fire in back of premises. Position in hand.
  • Apr 19, 2014, 11:44 am - #FRNSW responding to a #fire in a restaurant, Parnell St, #Strathfield.
  • Apr 19, 2014, 1:21 am - #FRNSW at house #fire, #Erina. House well alight when crews arrived and threatening other prop. Evacs. All accounted for.
  • Apr 18, 2014, 7:16 am - #FRNSW was called to a #fire in an 8m yacht in dry dock, #Ballina o'night. Yacht destroyed.
  • Apr 17, 2014, 1:49 pm - #FRNSW | Hume Hwy block southbound near Copeland St due to 2-car accident. F/fighters, @nswpolice & @ASNSW on scene.
  • Apr 17, 2014, 12:40 pm - #FRNSW FFs & @FRNSW_CFU members from Oct bushfires meeting #DuchessOfCambridge, Blue Mountains. Pic @9NewsSyd
  • Apr 17, 2014, 11:59 am - MRT @9NewsAUS: The Duchess hearing about last year's bushfires in the #BlueMountains from #FRNSW f/fighters. #9News
  • Apr 17, 2014, 11:15 am - Congratulations to the 1st 2014 recruit class of #FRNSW #firefighters who graduated today.

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