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Reducing Bushfire Hazards

Undertaking activities to reduce bushfire hazards

The ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) is one of four services that make up the ACT Emergency Service Agency (ESA). The ESA is part of the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate.

The ACTRFS is responsible for protecting life, property and the environment from all bush and grass fires that occur within the country areas, outside the ACT suburbs, which we call the rural area.  We also play a pivotal role in assisting the ACT Fire Brigade to fight bush and grass fires inside the suburbs and city areas.

Educating our community about bushfire

Educating our community about bushfire

In addition, we are also responsible for engaging with the rural community to help improve their bushfire awareness and preparation. Once again, we provide support to the ACT Fire Brigade with bushfire awareness within the suburban and city areas.

The ACTRFS support other fire services across Australia and often travel interstate to assist them during major bushfire events. We also assist with other types of emergencies such as storm & flood events, when we work side by side with the ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES).

The ACTRFS is made up of the following:

Number of ACTRFS brigades 9
Number of volunteer fire fighters 400+
Number of paid fire fighters 120
Headquarters staff 12

Appliances and resources

Heavy (large) tankers 25
Medium tankers 9
Light units (fire fighting equipment on utilities) 17
Bulk water carriers 1
Quick fill units (fire fighting pumps on trailers) 7
Slip-on units (fire fighting equipment on trailers) 27