Publication Guide

This guide tells you in general terms:

  • What our structure and functions of Fire & Rescue NSW are.
  • How members of the public may participate in the formulation of FRNSW public policy and the exercise of the agency’s functions.
  • What kind of government information we hold and what we will make available to the public.
  • How that information will be made available.
  • Whether or not there is a charge to access specific kinds of information.

Our functions

Our core functions are emergency and disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Our primary tasks are as follows:

  • Fire prevention and suppression
  • Rescue
  • Hazardous materials incidents
  • Supporting other agencies
  • Community safety
  • Counter-terrorism.

Our structure

As at the 1 January 2017, the organisational structure of Fire & Rescue NSW is as follows. For more detail about the functions and achievements of the Fire & Rescue NSW Directorates see the FRNSW Annual Report.

FRNSW Organisational Chart

For information about individual fire stations use the Find a Fire station link on the FRNSW website or contact 9265 2999.

What kind of government information we have?

Information is contained in the following records held by the Fire & Rescue NSW:

  • At each emergency incident attended by FRNSW, the Station Commander is required to completed an eAIRS (Australian Incident Reporting System) report,
  • Home fire safety information
  • Educational resources
  • Building Fire safety information
  • Fire Investigation reports (only available to a small number of incidents)
  • documents concerning appointments to various official positions
  • policy and planning documents

What kind of government information is made available to the public, and how?

Open access information

Fire & Rescue makes available, free of charge on this website, the following open access information:

Information available on informal request

Most documents published by FRNSw or held on the FRNSW website are available through an informal informal request, without the need to make a formal access application. These include:

  • Summaries of incident reports completed by Fire & Rescue NSW fire fighters when attending fires or other incidents.
  • Copies of correspondence, where the person requesting the correspondence was the person who sent the document
  • Documents that have already been made public in some other way

FRNSW reserves the right to impose conditions in relation to the use or disclosure of information that is released in response to an informal request.
Some publications may only be available on the payment of a fee, but we will let you know if that is the case.

Information available through a formal GIPA request

Some documents held by Fire & Rescue NSW are made available only by a formal GIPA request, which must be accompanied by a $30 fee;

  • Full copies of the Incidents reports completed by FRNSW fire fighters
  • Copies of Fire Investigation reports (where available)
  • Statistical information or other data held by FRNSW that is not already on the FRNSW website and requires additional resources to co-ordinate and produce

Formal Access application

Information not made available

FRNSW does not release documents that are or are likely to be part of a police or court investigation. FRNSW does not release personal information about members of the community or its fire fighters.