Summer reading…re-read some of our favourites in the library

Your library has the largest collection of bushfire-related resources in the world, but it also has a wonderful collection of books covering other interests allowing our members to indulge their appetite for reading. To help you pick a book, the library has compiled a number of lists to start you off.

Want a book on adventurers, explorers and voyagers - click here

Any interesting person will do - click here

Love reading to your young children - click here

Reading isn’t for me, but I’ll listen to an audiobook – click here

Please contact the library to borrow books or for instructions to listen to audiobooks

 

(published on 20/01/2021)

AS 3959:2018 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas is available free (in PDF Personal use format)

AS 3959 cover This standard specifies requirements for the construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas in order to improve their resistance to bushfire attack from burning embers, radiant heat, flame contact and combinations of the three attack forms.

It is available free online in PDF Personal use format until June 2021.

Use this SAI Global link. Select PDF 1 User – the cost is marked as Free. Add to cart and check out as a guest. The PDF link will be sent to your email.

(published on 23/09/2020)

Browse our Bush Fire Bulletin online through Trove

 

The NSW Rural Fire Service, with the National Library of Australia, has digitised the entire collection of the Bush Fire Bulletin dating back to September 1952. The digitised collection also includes the Sitrep bulletin (a joint publication that incorporated both our Bush Fire Bulletin and the SES Bulletin) from 1976 to 1978.

This historical archived collection is available online in Trove.

Browse the collection.

Bush Fire Bulletin (1952 – 1975)

Sitrep (1976 – 1978)

Bush Fire Bulletin (1978 – 2017)

Search the collection.

If you are looking for articles on a particular topic, e.g. the town of Merriwa, you can easily search the whole Bulletin collection in Trove.

Open the Trove search box using this link. The search box is pre-filled with the Bulletin catalogue items. There are over 6000 articles.

In the search box (after the Bulletin Catalogue items), type in AND followed by your keyword(s) e.g. AND Merriwa

Click on the search icon. The resulting articles will be listed. Please contact the library if you need any assistance.

(published on 08/07/2020)
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Brave-bottomed wombat : a true bushfire hero / by Vassallo, Jody,
Publication:
. 32 unnumbered pages : 26 x 27 cm. ISBN: 0994240627
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The ways of the bushwalker : on foot in Australia / by Harper, Melissa,
Publication:
. xix, 362 pages : 24 cm. ISBN: 1742236677
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The climate cure : solving the climate emergency in the era of COVID-19 / by Flannery, Tim F.
Publication:
Melbourne, Vic. : Text Publishing, 2020. . 205 pages ; 24 cm. ISBN: 1922330353
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Symbols and abbreviations used on admiralty paper charts.
Publication:
. 1 volume. 21 ISBN: 0707741742

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WFB : Wildfire Behaviour (2014) Manual - current edition/ NSW Rural Fire Service Wildfire behaviour manual 2014 
Publication:
Lidcombe, N.S.W. : NSW Rural Fire Service, 2015. . 95 p. 25 Visit Online Resource

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Farmers and firefighting : how the NSW RFS and farmers work together to keep each other and our communities safer / NSW Rural Fire Service.
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Sydney, N.S.W. : NSW Rural Fire Service, 2020. . 4 p. 21
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The science of bushfire risk management / by O'Bryan, Denis.
Publication:
Melbourne : Red Eagle Bushfire Protection Services, 2006. . 158 p. : 22 cm. ISBN: 0959207236
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Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements : appendices / Commonwealth of Australia
Publication:
Canberra : Commonwealth of Australia, 2020. . 1 v. :387 p. 30 cm. ISBN: 1921091452 Visit Online Resource
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The circus fire : a true story of an American tragedy. / by O'Nan, Stewart
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New York : Anchor Books, 2000. . xiii, 370 p. : 21 cm. ISBN: 0385496850
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Hurricane Harvey's aftermath : place, race, and inequality in disaster recovery / by Fitzpatrick, Kevin M.,
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. pages cm. 20 ISBN: 1479800732
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NAV Navigation 2014 workbook - current edition / NSW Rural Fire Service
Publication:
Lidcombe, N.S.W. : NSW Rural Fire Service, 2014 . 44 p 22 ISBN: 0975061119
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Sampson Flat Bushfire - January 2015 : A history - 100 individual accounts of lessons learned - stories and photos / Verrall, Jan
Publication:
Upper Hermitage, S. A. : Elland, Denise 2020 . 399 p. : 23 ISBN: 0646982478

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Cat 1 Tanker : appliance operating manual (2003 to 2007 models) / NSW Rural Fire Service
Publication:
Granville: NSW NSW Rural Fire Service 2008 . 37p. 26

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SWR (Safe Working on Roofs) Workbook (2014) - current / NSW Rural Fire Service
Publication:
Granville NSW : NSW Rural Fire Service, 2014 . 57 p 23 Visit Online Resource

Opening times


From March 2020, the Library is closed temporarily to visitors to try to help slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus within the community.

During this time, the library service is available (Monday to Friday - closed weekends and public holidays) for members requesting journal articles and loans which will be emailed/posted as required.

Location


Our librarian is Katie Vandine.

The library is located on the third floor of the NSW RFS Head Office at 4 Murray Rose Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW.

You can contact the library via phone on 02 8741 5455 or email at rfs.library@rfs.nsw.gov.au

Our postal address is Locked Bag 17, Granville NSW 2142. Please return books to this address.


NSW RFS training manuals


Use the search box below to locate hardcopy editions of NSW RFS training manuals and workbooks that are available for loan from your Library. Manuals and workbooks are available for a month’s loan.


 

Looking for something light to read. Your NSW RFS library, in conjunction with the Health, Safety and Welfare department, provide all members access to our Flipster online magazine collection.

With Flipster you can read the latest issues of our health and fitness magazines in addition to other titles such as PCWorld, Wild, Popular Science and National Geographic. Quickly access a magazine in your browser, or use the Flipster app on your mobile device to download a magazine to read later - even when you're offline! Contact the library for password and instructions.


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