Tag: Training

NSW RFS Code of Conduct and Ethics Training

The NSW RFS is conducting a number of Code of Conduct and Ethics training workshops in 2018.

The VFFA congratulates the NSW RFS, Professional Standards Unit on this initiative. We encourage members to attend these workshops.

The workshops are interactive and provide an opportunity to discuss the Code and how it applies to brigade life. Learning occurs through instruction, large and small group activities and sharing of member experiences.

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Out-Sourcing of First Aid

This post raises several concerns, the foremost being the proposal that the cost of attending an outsourced first aid course be borne by the Brigade(s).
The following questions have been posted:
Does the NSW RFS desire to have as many members as possible qualified in first aid?
Is the proposal for Brigades of the NSW RFS to meet costs for outsourced courses approved or sanctioned by the NSW RFS?
Is there a proposal for the costs of other courses such as chainsaw being covered by Brigades and/or individual members?
Was the issue discussed with volunteer training groups and if so what was the outcome?

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The Printed Pocket Book is Back

We congratulate the RFS as they are planning another print run of the very popular Firefighters Pocketbook.

A limited number of printed copies of the Pocketbook are being distributed to Districts.

Get in early and secure yourself the November 2015 edition of the printed Firefighters Pocketbook.

If your District requires more copies, email the Pocketbook team and they’ll endeavour to assist while stocks last.

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Working in a Hot Environment

It goes without saying that our firefighters cannot escape some degree of work in elevated / hot conditions. As firefighters we put a range of control measures in place including:

  • PPE / PPC that provides some degree of thermal protection.
  • A supply of drinking water is made available so that we can manage our hydration levels.
  • Training to improve awareness of potential heat injury and fatigue.
  • Training for our Crew Leaders to ensure that crews are provided with appropriate rest and hydration breaks.

What does WorkCover have to say about working in the heat?

Workers urged to stay safe in the heat


Temperatures are expected to soar into the 40s in many parts of the State tomorrow (14/11/2014) and over the weekend, prompting WorkCover NSW to remind businesses and workers to work safely in the heat.

Acting General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy said businesses and workers needed to take precautions when working in high temperatures.

“Fatigue and heat stress are major causes of injury in hot conditions,” Mr Dunphy said.

“They can reduce a worker’s performance and productivity, plus increase the chance of injury by reducing the ability to concentrate, recognise risks and communicate effectively”.

“In fact, the three years to July 2011, there were 497 claims for workplace fatigue and heat stroke at a cost of $4.3 million, so it needs to be taken seriously and managed effectively.”

Mr Dunphy said workers and businesses need to work in partnership to protect themselves from the effects of working in heat.

“If possible, businesses should try to re-schedule work to cooler times of the day such as early morning or late afternoon”. (That is a bit difficult for all fire fighting situations but we definitely should take advantage of the cooler parts of the day for fire behaviour and worker safety reasons)

“If this is not possible, ensure workers have access to plain drinking water, at least 200mL every 15-20 minutes, shaded rest areas and frequent rest breaks.”

“Supervision is also important as people can deteriorate quickly if heat affected, so keep an eye out for each other”.

“Businesses should set realistic workloads and work schedules and ensure fair distribution of work”.

“It is important that workers don’t rely on energy or caffeinated drinks which can have a diuretic affect”.

“Workers can be exposed to UV radiation when working in the shade as well as the sun, so it is important to wear sun protection in all outdoor conditions”.

“Workers should be provided clothing with a UPF 50+ rating such as loose shirts with long sleeves, collars and long pants”.

“They should also be provided with broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30+, broad brimmed hats and sunglasses which meet Australian Standards for UV protection.”

Further information on fatigue management and working safely in the sun is available from www.workcover.nsw.gov.au or by calling 13 10 50. Other sun safety resources are available from the Cancer Council at www.cancercouncil.com.au.

The NSW RFS has produced a great resource titled “Effects of Heat”, we have included it as a download below.

Click HERE or on the image below.


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