Winmalee Rural Fire Brigade undertakes frequent and varied training. Training may involve pumping, hose drills, bush fire fighting skills, map reading/navigation, radio procedures, first aid, rope work, village fire fighting and the list goes on.

Winmalee Rural Fire Brigade's training times are as follows:

2000 to 2200 HRS (8pm to 10pm) - General Meeting
1915 to 2200 HRS (7.15pm to 10pm) - Training
1330 to 1600 HRS (1.30pm to 4pm) - Training


New Members

Prior to becoming an active fire fighter, new members are required to complete the following training:

Safety Induction

The Safety Induction module takes approximately 2 hours to complete. This module is designed to help you identify potential hazards in your volunteer workplace and familiarise you with Service procedures and settings.

Basic Training (BF)

Once you have completed your Safety Induction, you will be required to undergo Basic Bush Fire Fighter training. This course is approximately 30 hours of training.


Other Courses


Once you have completed your Basic Training, there are many opportunities for training to gain qualifications within the Rural Fire Service.

Village Fire Fighting (VF)

The level of competency needed to fight small structural, vehicle and similar fires.

Advance Fire Fighting (AF)

The level of competency needed to fight bush and grass fires without direct supervision.

Crew Leader (CL)

The level of competency needed to manage a crew at a fire or other situation.

Group Leader (GL)

The level of competency needed to direct several crews at larger, more complex fires or incidents.

Rural Fire Instructor (RFI)

The level of competency needed to instruct on RFS courses.

Rural Fire Assessor (RFA)

The level of competency needed to assess RFS personnel for the purpose of issuing a qualification


Specialist Courses

There are also many other courses that you can undertake in order to gain skills and qualifications for other specialist areas, for example:



Breathing Apparatus Operator (BAO)
Chain Saw Operator (CSO)
Equipment Operator (EQO)
Prescribed Burning Supervisor (PBS)
Remote Area Fire Fighter (RAF)
Rural Fire Driving (RFD)
Senior First-Aider (SFA)
Aviation Basic Knowledge (ABK)
Aviation Courses
Catering Courses
Communications Courses
Traffic Control Operator
Incident Management Courses
Leadership Courses

Plus many others are available. Come in and see us for more information, or check out the NSW Rural Fire Service website at