RFSBuddy 4+

Tools for fire-fighters

Volunteer Technology Services Australia Ltd

Designed for iPhone

    • 1.0 • 2 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


GPS Mapping Co-ordinates - Record & Share, Field Notes, Movement Tracking & Handbook

• RFS Buddy works anywhere
• The RFS Buddy app does not need wifi or any phone carrier’s reception to work.
• RFS Buddy works directly from the iPhone’s internal GPS.
• Easily share your location with others via email. (Requires subscription)
• Simple "one click" to start tracking your movement. (Requires subscription)
• "Add Bearing" tool with camera zoom. With 2 or more Bearings you can triangulate the position of a point of interest in the distance, e.g. Smoke Sighting.

Developed to assist Australian volunteer Bushfire Fighters from the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), and also anyone that need GPS location services.

RFS Buddy translates your GPS location into the main RFS MGRS standard, including the LPI Map name and number. Also includes a number of other formats, and a Fire-ground Field Notes feature to record reference points of interest such as hazards, smoke etc.


1. RFS Mapping
The Standard MGRS format used to match the RFS maps used in the field. Includes:

- Full RFS Grid Reference (100m).
- Short RFS Grid Reference
- LPI Map Name, Reference Number & Scale
- GPS Accuracy

2. Aviation
3. Standard GPS
4. Degrees, Minutes, Seconds
5. Easting Northing
6. What3Words (NEW)


Name and record your current position in a list that (on swipe right) shows all 5 GPS formats.

- Ability to Select Location Reference Type Icon.

- Text to Convert for Location feature.
Convert a Grid Reference into Lat-Long or Lat-Long into Grid easily, quickly and accurately – and immediately check it on the included map for confirmation.

- Share / Publish location to your preferred setting of either State, District or Brigade. (required in-app subscription)

- Saved Locations now expand to show all Lat/Long formats plus map.

For more information, see Apple's standard Terms of use https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/dev/stdeula/ and our Privacy Policy https://vtsa.org.au/rfsbuddy-privacy-policy/

What’s New

Version 2.0.5

Fixing an issue with the subscription.

Ratings and Reviews

1.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Tsiders ,

Does not work

The current location feature does not seem to work. Does not sync properly to Apple Watch. Hopefully these are bugs that will be fixed if so I will change my review. For now I would not recommend

Lostsoldier1 ,

Does not sync

Not sure if I'm missing something, but the data appears on my iPhone but fails to appear on my apple watch.

App Privacy

The developer, Volunteer Technology Services Australia Ltd, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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