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  • 20 Sep 2016 3:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At this time of year many residents think about burning off excess vegetation which might become a fire hazard in summer. This kind of planning should be applauded, but there are some rules that need to be followed to ensure that burns are conducted safely and comply with government and fire regulations.

    What kind of approval do you need?

    The first step is to determine the reason for the burn. If the burn is to reduce bush fire hazards you can get a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate free of charge from the Rural Fire Service. You should contact the Northern Beaches Fire Control Centre on 02 9450 3000. If your planned burn is for some other purpose you should contact Northern Beaches Council for advice about what approval you require. 

    You can access the application form for an RFS Hazard Reduction Certificate and other useful information here

    Do you need a Fire Permit?

    If your burn is planned during the Bushfire Danger Period, which usually runs from 1 October to 31 March each year, or your burn poses a danger to a building, you will also need a Fire Permit. The aim of a Fire Permit is to ensure your burn is conducted safely. It may impose specific conditions on the way the burn is managed. Fire Permits for burns on Scotland Island are issued by qualified Officers of the Scotland Island RFS. You can request a Fire Permit by contacting Waringah Pittwater Fire Control Centre on 02 9450 3000 or the Scotland Island RFS on 02 9999 4404. Please provide a reasonable amount of time for an RFS Officer to complete an inspection prior to the date of your planned burn.

    Who do you need to notify?

    At least 24 hours before you commence your burn you must notify the Warringah Pittwater Fire Control Centre on 02 9450 3000 of your intention to burn. You must also notify your neighbours at least 24 hours before you start your burn.

    What happens on Total Fire Ban days?

    On the day you plan to start your burn check the weather conditions and forecast. If there is a Total Fire Ban you cannot start your burn – even if you have a Fire Permit. On Total Fire Ban days all Fire Permits are automatically suspended.

    For further information please refer to the Rural Fire Service web site www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or contact Scotland Island RFS on 02 9999 4404.

  • 29 Aug 2016 5:31 PM | Anonymous member

  • 31 Jul 2016 6:54 PM | Anonymous member

    We simulated 2 CFR calls today.

  • 11 May 2016 4:11 PM | Anonymous member

    The Beacon News from the Chief Executive

    As we mark National Volunteer Week, I would like to pay tribute to the vital contribution our own volunteers provide to NSW Ambulance and to our patients. IMG_6114

    More than 340 Community First Responders and Volunteer Ambulance Officers across 53 units contribute personal effort, time and skill to enable us to extend the availability of services to those in isolated communities.

    As an indication of the value our volunteers bring to NSW Ambulance, between July 2015 and March 2016 alone they responded to 1263 medical emergencies.

    This is further boosted by the support provided by our volunteer chaplains, grievance contact officers and peer support officers. 

    I think it is extremely important that we appreciate the commitment and challenge of being a volunteer. The time volunteers spend away from their families and the efforts of not just these individuals but the contribution of family and friends to facilitate volunteering is often understated.

    The partnerships across the emergency services in the successful operation of our Volunteer and CFR program is also something to be recognised.

    A fact not readily known is that I started my career as a volunteer ambulance officer with the Tasmanian Ambulance Service. The volunteer partnerships are stronger here than in many other places across the country and this is a tribute to the work of small, local communities banding together to look out for each other in difficult times.

    So often we find that our CFR volunteers are joint members of other emergency service agencies, providing complete coverage in the name of community.

    In some cases, multiple members of the same family are involved, forming the backbone of their local units.

    Feedback from the following three volunteers as to why they give so much of their time is testament to their spirit:

    • “I get a bit of an adrenalin rush when we’re called out because I’m helping my community. I love it all. I feel quite wonderful about myself whenever I’m called to help.”
    • “I enjoy helping others and this is a perfect way to do so. It also shows my children that it's a good thing to help out others and gives us all a sense of community.”
    • “Working in the community with people you know, you want to be able to help if you can. And that’s the way we all think. While we can’t stop bad things happening to people, we can be there to help when they do.”

    And this from a paramedic supported by Volunteers and CFRs: ““They’re a great group of people and I, as a single responder, rely on their back-up and support. They’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and they are fabulous. We’re very proud and very lucky in the community to have their back-up.”


    DSC_7699 At the start of National Volunteer week I would also like to recognise the work and effort of our Clinical Training Officers and the paramedics and staff who provide support to our volunteers. Many of these people are not remunerated for this either, but they believe passionately in supporting our volunteers.

    Volunteers respond to a wide range of incidents including car collisions, cardiac arrests, flood and bushfire support and aircraft incidents.

    These jobs are challenging and require dedication, professionalism and devotion and we recognise the time volunteers dedicate to their role.

    NSW Ambulance volunteers should be proud of the work they do, their dedication, time and selfless acts of humanity in caring for others.

    On behalf of NSW Ambulance, I would like to thank all our volunteers for the support they provide paramedics, the treatment they provide patients and most of all for devoting their energy to such challenging work.

    To all our valuable volunteers, we say thank you.

  • 07 May 2016 6:19 AM | Anonymous member

    CareFlight MediSim Trauma Care Workshops to be conducted in the Sydney basin on the 4 and 5 June.  These trauma care workshops have been conducted across the State for several years and is for qualified first aid personnel.


    NSW RFS personnel who have attended previous Workshops have commented that this is a worthwhile event.


    These Workshops do not lead to a qualification or a national unit of competency but is an excellent piece of training.  There is no costs associated with the Workshops and is facilitated by highly experienced Intensive Care Paramedics and flight nurses.


    This is a one day Workshop on the above mentioned dates and there is ten (10) available positions on each day for NSW RFS personnel.

    To nominate, please have the completed Registration forms returned to the relevant District Officer Warringah.fcc@rfs.nsw.gov.au who coordinates L&D matters asap.

    2016 Trauma Care Registration Form.docx

  • 06 May 2016 4:00 PM | Anonymous member

    The weekend covers the collection of assessment evidence and on Sunday May 15th the RFI participants will be assessed.


    To assist in the assessment it would be advantageous for us to have 3 crews of min. 4 members in either a Cat 1, Pumper or Cat 7 attend HQ for 4.5 hours (0900 – 1330) to act as BF assessment candidates. This would enable the RFI trainees to focus on the task of practicing to collect assessment evidence, without themselves needing to role play the part of a trainee on a truck.

    If you can assist, please let me know ASAP

    Wayne Gluyas

    0418 229 277

    Training Officer
    SDC Scotland Island RFB

  • 05 May 2016 6:39 PM | Anonymous member
    • The 2015/2016 bushfire danger period concluded on 31 March. Property owners/occupiers still require approvals prior to burning. Enquirers should contact the District Office 9450 3000 during business hours for further advice.
    • Reminder to all members to ensure their contact details (phone, email, address) and next of kin information are up to date. Changes can be made via MyRFS or by emailing the District Office – warringah.fcc@rfs.nsw.gov.au
    Best Regards
    Scotland Island RFB

  • 02 May 2016 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Please be advised that our PC has been swapped with Elvina bay's . The vehicle is very similar to ours , so the start up procedure and driving of the vehicle is the same. We have a different stokes litter (patient transport basket) as ours is being measured up for a proposed later improvement.

    Hopefully see you all at our May Maintenance Day or Training

  • 24 Oct 2015 6:38 AM | Anonymous member
    General Information & Dates to Remember

    Station Generators are due for their annual service. 

    Would all Brigades please deliver their generators to the Green Storage Shed at Fire Control by Monday, 26 October 2015? 

    District Support Group – Logistics Team and Transport & Equipment Team will be having a meeting at Fire Control on Monday, 26 October 2015 commencing at 1930hrs. Any members wishing to be involved in either team are invited to attend. 

    Communications Centre Assistant (CCA) Course scheduled for 31 October and 1 November at Fire Control. There are a couple of positions still available. If any member is interested in attaining this qualification, please contact the District Office.  

  • 10 Oct 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous member

    NEW CFR Community First Responders team members have started their training.

    Training is being held at the Ambulance NSW Point Clare Station/Training Centre Sat & Sun over 4 weekends.

    Thank you to all the members participating as this is a vital service that SIRFB can continue to provide for the local community. 

    Thanks also to all the member's partners for supporting them in their journey to become Community First Responders

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