Anzac Day and the library's military history collection

Frank Hurley PhotographyAnzac Day is commemorated every year on 25 April and has been one of our nation's most important days of remembrance since its origins in 1916

The library has a small collection of books and DVDs on Australian military history, listed at this link. Please contact the library if you would like to borrow any of them.

World War I - Ypres. Australian Infantry awaiting orders to take over the line. Photographed by Capt. Frank Hurley.

Frank Hurley joined the Australian Imperial Force in August 1917 as the official photographer and this image is part of his Western Front 1914-1918 album. This collection of 75 gelatin silver photographs can be viewed online at the State Library of NSW website here

(published on 15/04/2021)

Library opening hours during Easter school holidays

 

Easter, Merriwa 1977It is school holidays! The library will not be staffed from Saturday 27th March until Monday 12th April as the librarian will be at home on holidays enjoying the company of children.

Don't forget, with the school holidays approaching, that our Children's Bush Fire Collection has some delightful titles perfect for younger children. Now is the time to request any loans as they are quite popular. More information may be found here.

The library will be closed to visitors during this time and reopen on Tuesday 13th April 2021.

Image: Easter, Merriwa 1977

(published on 22/03/2021)

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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To sleep with the angels : the story of a fire / by Cowan, David,
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Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 1996. . xi, 300 p. : 24 cm. ISBN: 1566631025
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The 21st century public manager : challenges, people and strategies / by Wal, Zeger van der, Twenty-first century public manager : challenges, people and strategies 
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London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. . xv, 389 pages : $b illustrations ; $c 21 cm. 22 ISBN: 1137507438
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Fire, flood and plague : Australian writers respond to 2020 /
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. xxii, 233 pages ; 24 cm. ISBN: 1761040405
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Disasters and history : the vulnerability and resilience of past societies / Vulnerability and resilience of past societies 
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Lean thinking : banish waste and create wealth in your corporation / by Womack, James P.
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London : Simon & Schuster, c2003. . 396 p. : 24 cm. ISBN: 0743231643
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Bindi / by Saunders, Kirli,
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Australia : Magabala Books, 2020. . 129 pages : 21 cm. ISBN: 192593666X
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Willy-Willy Wagtail / by Milroy, Helen,
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. 60 unnumbered pages : 29 cm. ISBN: 1925936600
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Summertime : reflections on a vanishing future / by Celermajer, Danielle,
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A short guide to operational risk / by Tattam, David.
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Burlington, Vt. : Gower Pub., c2011. . xxii, 232 p. : 22 cm. ISBN: 0566091836
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Continent aflame : responses to an Australian catastrophe /
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. 188 pages : 23 cm. ISBN: 0648855104
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Tools of the trade : firefighting tools and their use / by Fritz, Richard A.,
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. xvi, 269 pages ; 28 cm. ISBN: 1593703724
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Flames of extinction : the race to save Australia's threatened wildlife / by Pickrell, John,
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Complex prescribed burns : PUAFIR515 Develop complex prescribed burn plans, PUAFIR506 Conduct complex prescribed burns / AFAC Limited PUAFIR506/515 Complex prescribed burns learner resource / 
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PUAFIR201 Assist with prescribed burning / AFAC Limited Assist With Prescribed Burning Learner Resource / 
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East Melbourne, Vic. : Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council Limited 2021. . 154 p. 24

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Simple prescribed burns : PUAFIR406 Develop simple prescribed burn plans, PUAFIR402 Conduct simple prescribed burns / AFAC Limited PUAFIR402/406 Simple prescribed burns / 
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East Melbourne, Vic. : Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council Limited 2021 . 238 p. 24

Opening times


The library is open to NSW RFS members Monday to Friday - closed weekends and public holidays. Upon request, the Library may also receive researchers and students who wish to visit the library. If you wish to visit please make an appointment with the librarian.

Books, DVDs and journal articles are delivered by post/email to NSW RFS members who are unable to visit the library in person.

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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