Who We Are
The NSW Volunteer Firefighters Association (VFFA) is an independent volunteer organisation representing the views and issues that affect volunteer rural fire fighters in NSW.
The VFFA was formed in October 2004 by Peter Cannon who is a Group Captain with the Mid Lachlan Team, after the then State Government, RFS and National Parks and Wildlife Service would not take an interest in our concerns into fire safety matters following the aftermath of the 2001 fires in the Goobang National Park. Peter felt that volunteer rural firefighters were not given fair representation within the Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA) & thus the VFFA was born.
The VFFA structure saw the need for a means where by the voice of the volunteers could be represented at RFS State Headquarters and with the Government. We have a Constitution and Regional representatives are in place .
From its inception the VFFA has been about representing the interests of volunteers. The Executive Council meets quarterly as a forum for members who may have idea’s, suggestions and issues about the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. These ideas are then discussed and representations made to relevent departments within the New South Wales Government.
Structure of the VFFA
The structure of the NSW Volunteer Firefighters Association is as follows:
- Executive Council
- Vice President
- Media Officer
- Executive Council
- Representatives from each RFS Region comprises the Executive Council
- VFFA Contact
- Peter Cannon, President VFFA
Objectives of the VFFA
- Providing a voice and forum for ‘grassroots” representation of volunteers views with the RFS and
the State Government.
- To lobby for and to advocate for improved bushfire management and mitigation in NSW.
- To disseminate information to volunteer rural firefighters on matters that affect their interests.
The NSW Volunteer Firefighters Assocation is the independent voice of Volunteer Firefighters within the NSW Rural Fire Service. NSW Volunteer Firefighters or Brigades as a whole may join the VFFA free of charge. The VFFA represents the interests of volunteer firefighters without fear or favour to the RFS and the State Government in all aspects of volunteerism including Firefighting, Welfare, Discipline, Grievance Disputes, Workplace Safety, Discrimination, Training etc.
The governing body is the Executive Council which is drawn from volunteer representatives of the four RFS regions across NSW.
General meetings are open to all members of the VFFA. If you would like an Executive Council representative to visit you or your brigade or if you have matters involving the RFS that you require advice and assistance with, please email or contact us.