Library opening hours during July 2021

Working from homeAs many know, Greater Sydney is in a lockdown. The library will not be staffed from Friday 25th June to Friday 31st July as the librarian will be working remotely from home. 

Please don't hesitate in emailing the library at if you require any library assistance.

The library will be closed to visitors during this time and reopen (hopefully) on Monday 2nd August 2021. There will also be a small delay in posting out books directly to your work or home addresses, but they will be sent as soon the library reopens.

Published on 24/06/2021

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

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

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.


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

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, 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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