be advised that works have now been completed on the low level bridge
on Colo Heights Road, Upper Colo and it is now open to traffic.
The bridge has a load limit of 15T.
Signage has been amended to indicate the new load limit.
Subject: Low Level Bridge - Colo Heights Road, Upper Colo 23.12.18
IN THE OPS ROOM
The dot matrix printer in the Operations Room has been retired. It
was used to print the output of pager messages
This has been replaced by a new computer based system which records the
pager message that is sent out.
When you send a pager message to anyone the following now occurs:
1. The off air decoder next to the paging computer screen will light up
and a short beep will sound.
2. A TV screen on the wall will display the message and who it was sent
calculations made easy...
0.01 of a
hectare = 100sq metres or 10m x 10m
1 hectare =
10,000sq metres or 100m x 100m
hectare is a mere 1sq metre or 1m x 1m!
area ICON will accept is 0.01ha
that if members cannot attend their rostered day, they must advise the
Comms Officer for that date.
Similarly, for shift swaps, both Comms Officers for each of the shifts
need to be advised of the swap.
To further clarify our email last week, BISS forms need to be only
submitted to Fire Control for a hazard
reduction or patrol of a hazard reduction, please do not send to
Thanks TS 280817
Could you remind all you crew leaders to send in their BISS reports for
Hazard Reductions, additional HR’s and patrols of any fire.To
put it simply any time a RFS unit goes to an incident, does a patrol or
attends any type of hazard reduction you need to submit a BISS report.
Thanks for your assistance. TS 210817
Just a reminder for Saturday Comms
If nothing has changed since Fridays handover.
Eg no people unavailable or vehicles unavailable have changed they are still the same
You DO NOT need to send a report in.
Yes you advise OCC upon handover after Saturday Comms has finished, if there are any crews or vehicles still out and about
But you still do not need to do a form.
This is the same for Staff and Weekend staff
If nothing has changed since the Monday or the Friday changeover no reports need to be done
It is only if people or vehicles have changed to unavailable MW 9.6.2017
Seen the new button on the Homepage? Now you can calculate the FDI
GHS ... The Globally
Harmonised System is a system of Classification and Labelling of
Chemicals. This new system replaces the previous Approved Criteria for
Classifying Hazardous Substances and has now created a
single worldwide methodology for chemical classification, labelling and
Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
The GHS information reflects Safe Work NSW
changes issued in December 2016 and has now come into effect from
January 1st 2017.
RFS GHS Bulletin here...
(click, then check your 'Downloads" file location)
Further information can be found at this link.
See attached fact sheets which were
discussed at the Captains meeting Friday Nov 26 2016 TS 28.11.16
Status and Combat Agencies
Medals or Ribbons can
only be worn on the white RFS dress shirts or RFS Tunics.
badges and ribbons are to be placed in centre above the pocket.
are worn above the right shirt pocket.
The NSW RFS
medal for long service and the Canberra Fire Medal are worn on the
right side above the pocket and below the name badge.
Medal and the Australian Fire Service Medal are worn on the left hand
side above the pocket.
Transfer to / from
OCC per KH 08.10.16
In order to ensure situational awareness for when we take back the
radio from the OCC, it has been suggested that we trial a new process.
Once we have advised OCC that we are taking the radio back
have been advised what units, if any, are in the field or on standby,
we announce on the radio that Hawkesbury Fire Control is now taking
Then touch base with each unit in the field/standby for crew leader and
crew numbers so that we can ensure that we have up to date information.
Just prior to contacting the OCC to transfer radio back to them,
announce on radio that OCC is now taking radio back.
Until further notice when Yarramundi RFB are paged for any incident
please page a second Brigade as well to assist. Consideration for which
brigade can be made at the time of the call but should include HQ for
most areas or GW depending on incident location.
Please also remember to advise the OCC if they only page
Yarramundi RFB at the time of advice.
Rod Walker 10.10.16
from the FCO ... March 2016
There appears to
be some confusion as to what
message to put on pagers
when activating Brigades/personnel.
I would like to remind everyone that a bright yellow laminated note is
attached to the bottom of the paging computer screen. This
has exactly what needs to be put on the pagers. Please take the time to
look at this. All pager messages should be as per the example listed
: FR Fire Call 185 Kurmond Road FR.
If the call is for CABA, then use the structural message.
Also a reminder
that our allocated Fireground
channel is 15 and should
be utilised in the first instance. If that channel is being used, then
it is appropriate to utilise another channel, ie Fireground 1.
Callsigns for GOMPS
are out in the field with a Group
Officer, unless it is
at an incident and a callsign is allocated to that person, the callsign
for the GOMP should be the vehicle that they are in. Ie:
Taking sitreps and
A reminder that
when sitreps are being taken over
the radio or phone,
they should be written on the sitrep form.
If taking a message on the yellow message forms, please ensure that the
date and time and who took the message sections are completed. If these
sections are not completed, the messages may not be able to used as
there is no evidence of how timely the message is.
Use of 7 and
outside Brigade Area
It is policy that if a Brigade is being responded in their own area,
all local vehicles may be utilised.
When Brigades are being responded to assist in another Brigade area,
unless there is a specific request, the Cat 1 ONLY should be responded.
The secondary unit should remain in the local area in case
another call comes in.
After Hours Contact
The Duty Officer
is usually the initial point of
contact for any
issues. If Karen, Tim & Rod are the Duty Officer, they are to be
contacted. If anyone else is the Duty Officer, they are not
contact, the On Call Officer is to be contacted (which would be either
Karen, Tim or Rod).
Just a reminder
that when completing ICON , we need
to be as accurate
as we can. We need to ensure that we put not only number of
personnel but the number of appliances as well. If people are
longer on the ground, then we need to remove their names.
ILLEGAL PILE BURN FIRES - NN 15.02.16
If a pile burn or similar appears to be illegal please ask for the
following from the OIC:
1. Confirm the address of the incident
2. Name of offender/land occupier/owner (ask who lit the fire)
3. FIRE SIZE
4. Please take at least 1 photo of the fire only to show size and
materials in fire.
Please provide the person who took the photo with
Recently we have been called to attend several MVA’s on BLOR
where the address given compared to the actual address has been many
To improve our response and reduce any unnecessary delays we advise the
1. Respond the closest Brigade based on the information received.
2. Call BM RFS to discuss and hopefully better locate the incident and
then activate or stand down RFS resources as needed.
3. You could also try contacting Windsor Police to see if they have any
further details. Regards
definition you may hear...
One Assembly ... units go
directly to the incident
Two Assembly ... units stage
away from the incident, to be
tasked by the IC when required
may need to determine /
designate a suitable Stage Two location
- be ready!
sure which Fireground Channels to allocate to Brigades? See the file
here or in our Downloads Section
to contact NP by Fireground Radio .. they have equivalent
channels, on their radio
Screen Display... on RFS
..=.. on NP radio: RFS
the Inter-Agency ESO Liaison Channels? See HERE
Remember, NP are not an emergency service!
... August 4 2018
With 5 brigades now CABA equipped, the response and paging protocol to
structural fires has changed. Ensure you are familiar with the latest
procedures.... September 2018
to enter a
number in response to a request from a site to "please
enter a number in response to a menu option" type situation? You need
to press # # then the number!
Main radios should be set on E008
Lost? Hold the yellow
HOUSE icon button down and it will goto this Zone and Channel!
Need more info on radio settings.... goto the downloads link, below,
and download the x- file ... the one right down the bottom!!
Burralow Creek Bridge
Colo Bridge on Higher Colo Road 15T 23.12.18
is not a vehicle.
FIU is responded, please put, for example, “HPC
(FIU)” in the square.