May 15, 1998

Members would be aware of the Minister’s previous direction that “the two services should compliment each other, not compete”. However, many RFS Brigades continue to operate CABA, urban pumping appliances and other structural offensive firefighting equipment either within or very close to NSWFB Fire Districts.

All members are hereby reminded to observe the following Union instruction, which remains standing Union policy set by the rank and file membership at General Meetings:

  • No member is to participate in any joint training or drill involving structural firefighting or urban operations with any RFS member inside a NSWFB Fire District.

  • No member is to participate in any joint training involving structural firefighting or urban operations with any RFS member within 10 kilometres of a NSWFB Fire District.

  • No member is to submit to any training delivered by RFS members, and no member is to deliver training to any member of the RFS.

This instruction is reproduced for the information of all members, and remains in place by way of policy until rescinded or amended, as the case may be, by a further General Meeting of this Union’s membership.

Chris Read,

State Secretary Friday 15th May, 1998