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Bush Fire Fighter

When you become a volunteer with the N.S.W. Rural Fire Service you will be asked to undertake training in Bush Firefighting. This course normally runs over approximately 20 hours and is delivered over a weekend.
The aim of the BF course is to give trainees the knowledge and skills to fight bush fires safely and effectively under constant and direct supervision. BF certification is required for the member to be able to attend any incidents with Tathra Brigade.
Bush fire fighters must have the competence required to allow them to fight bush and grass fires in rural, bush and urban environments. These members will have the skills and knowledge to enable them to:

  • Work safely on the fireground;
  • Have an appreciation of fire behaviour;
  • Use various techniques to suppress a fire;
  • Use and care for firefighting equipment;
  • Use and care for communications equipment;
  • Work in a team; and
  • Have the endorsement of your Brigade Captain as being competent at this level.

Bush fire fighters will always be under appropriate supervision. Members cannot attend any fire incident until they have completed the required training.
If you would like more information about how to become a volunteer firefighter in NSW, please click on the RFS link at the bottom of this page.


Bush Firefighter courses are delivered and assessed locally by qualified trainers and assessors and are aligned with the following National Public Safety Training Package units of competency:

  • PUAFIR201B: Prevent Injury
  • PUAFIR204B: Respond to Wildfire
  • PUAEQU001B: Prepare, Maintain And Test Response Equipment
  • PUAOPE002B: Operate Communications Systems and Equipment
  • PUATEA001B: Work in a Team
  • PUATEA004D: Work Effectively in a Public Safety Organisation.
  • RFSBF11CAU: BF11 Competency Alignment Unit