News from nswrfs https://nswrfs.intersearch.com.au/cgi-bin/koha/opac-main.pl RFS members invited to participate in research about smoke exposure on eyes


The University of NSW invites RFS members to participate in a research survey to investigate whether repeated bush fire smoke exposure increases the risk of problems at the surface of the eye.

The researchers are seeking RFS members who have not been exposed to bush fire smoke. This group could be staff members (HQ, AC or District) or members of support brigades, peer support, etc. 

Participation will require you to attend the University of New South Wales, Randwick (Sydney) campus for a single visit of up to 60 minutes. You will receive a $20 supermarket voucher for your participation, which will help provide new knowledge on whether repeated exposure to smoke has an impact on eye health.

The flyer containing further information, including QR codes to the online consent forms, can be downloaded here or email suki.jaiswal@unsw.edu.au at UNSW


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Welcome to your NSW RFS Library


Our NSW RFS library has for 20 years actively understood, supported and enriched the NSW Rural Fire Service information needs.

The library houses a tailored collection, both hardcopy and online, and delivers high-quality, professional library services to our members. The library collecton focuses on published wildfires/bush fires resources but also covers topics such as emergency management, natural sciences, fire science, professional development, leadership, and health and safety. 

The library is for all our NSW RFS members to use. 
 
NSW RFS members enjoy using the new library website


How can the library help you?

  • Information assistance: Ask the librarian for assistance in sourcing publications for your work-related project.
  • Current awareness: Request alerts for new journal issues or tailored for your topic of interest
  • Loans: Books may be borrowed by all members of the NSW RFS. Items are posted to your nominated address and return is easy - use the enclosed return address label and hand in at your district office.
  • Interlibrary loans: Items not held in the NSW RFS library can be obtained from other libraries.
  • Subject reading lists: Collaborate with your professional librarian to compile subject-specific reading guides.
  • Literacy classes: Individual or group literacy training available online or face-to-face to improve your searching skills


If you are visiting NSW RFS HQ, please use our Library to study, browse our collection and borrow books, meet guests, or enjoy some quiet time. 




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Our audiobooks (talking books) are back!


Our audiobook collection is back online...and this time the collection is far easier for our RFS members to use.


The collection is now hosted by the popular audiobook supplier Baker & Taylor.





To register to listen to our audiobooks, please contact your NSW RFS library for simple instructions
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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 – 2022)

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.

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