Tools and Resources

NSW RFS Pocketbook

The NSW Rural Fire Service Firefighters’ Pocketbook is designed as a fast, easy reference guide to key concepts for NSW RFS volunteer firefighters and staff.

While some of the information contained is in summary form and uses “rules of thumb,” it is sufficient to assist in making operational decisions or to use as a quick reference in operational planning, and training.

Included are online calculators for forest and grass fire predictions, and a converter to show your current position as latitude/longitude, map grid reference, and street directory reference. The app and its calculators can be used whether or not there is mobile network coverage.

RFS Buddy

A handy app to assist Australian volunteer Bushfire Fighters from the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS). RFS Buddy translates your GPS location into the main RFS MGRS standard, including the LPI Map name and number. Also includes a number of other formats, and a Fire-ground Field Notes feature to record reference points of interest such as hazards, smoke etc.


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The ANCAP RESCUE app provides emergency services and first responders with quick access to important vehicle safety information for a range of new and used vehicle makes and models available in Australia and New Zealand.

To assist emergency services and first responders with the safe rescue and extrication of vehicle occupants involved in a road crash, standardised colour-coded Rescue Sheets which meet ISO Standard No. ISO 17840-1 are provided within the app and identify potential in-vehicle hazards including:
• Fuel tanks
• High voltage batteries
• Airbag inflators
• Seatbelt pre-tensioner inflators
• Gas struts
• High-strength steel

Fires Near Me

This is the official service of the fire services in Australia made available for a range of mobile devices.

This application provides information on current fires throughout the ACT, surrounding NSW region and the rest of the country. It also provides information on total fire bans.

Fires Near Me was produced by and is managed by the NSW Rural Fire Service. The ACT Emergency Services Agency provides a live data feed of fire incident information into the application.

The application gives users the ability to source information on incidents near them, using the ‘Fires Near Me’ function.

Emergency Plus App

In an emergency, time and location accuracy are critical. By downloading the ‘Emergency +’ app, you’ll equip yourself with a powerful tool that will help you call Triple Zero (000) quickly, and allow you to accurately communicate your location to emergency call-takers.
‘Emergency +’ is a national app developed by Australia’s emergency services and their government industry partners, helping people to call the right number at the right time, anywhere in Australia. Emergency + also includes SES and Police Assistance Line numbers as options, so non-emergency calls are made to the most appropriate number.