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What is RSS?

RSS (otherwise known as "Really Simple Syndication") is a data format for syndicating news and other information from websites.

RSS feeds provide free updates to your computer at designated intervals when content is updated on a website.

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Which feeds does DFES currently offer?

DFES offers RSS feeds for Alerts and Warnings, Fire Danger Ratings, Total Fire Bans and Media Releases.

Click on any of the links below to access these feeds:

CAP-AU Standards

DFES is currently developing an Alert RSS feed that is compliant with the Australian Government Standard for the Common Alerting Protocol - Australia Profile (CAP-AU-STD). This protocol provides the Australian community with a common standard for the dissemination of warning messages for all hazards during any emergency. This feed will replace the current Alert feed and the consumer will need to ensure that their tools are able to consume the new CAP-AU-STD format.

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How do I subscribe to an RSS feed?

To receive DFES's RSS feeds you may need to install an RSS feed reader. In more recent web browsers, feed readers are automatically in-built as standard features. If you are using Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer 7.0, 8.0 or Firefox (Mozilla), refer to the section on Browser Installation Guides below.

If you don't already have a feed reader installed in your browser, you may need to install a separate RSS feed reader application. DFES does not endorse or offer technical support for any third party products, though some commonly used RSS readers are listed below:

Windows

MAC

 Readers for those with visual impairments

Browser Installation Guides

After configuring your browser or feed reader software, you will need to opt-in to receive the DFES RSS feed(s) of your choice by following the relevant links on the site (see Which feeds does DFES currently offer?). Once you have successfully subscribed to a particular RSS feed, information is sent to you after it is published on the website. Refer to the Disclaimer for information about the frequency of information delivery and troubleshooting.

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Configuration Options

To ensure that you receive RSS feeds shortly after they are published, please make sure you select the following options (or similar) on your computer:

  • In your program's settings, opt to receive alerts at the shortest possible intervals
  • Disallow or disable caching
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Disclaimer

DFES does not recommend that users rely solely on RSS feeds as a source of alert and warning information.

Users are encouraged to monitor other live sources to ensure that they have received the most up to date information.

Although every effort is made to ensure that information is accurate and up to date, DFES cannot guarantee that information contained in RSS feeds is correct and cannot accept any responsibility for mistakes or omissions. Users must exercise their own skill and care with respect to their use.

Some third party products used do not refresh at reliable intervals without manual intervention. The delivery time of information via RSS is not guaranteed by DFES.

DFES RSS feeds may provide incident information in a geospatial format. Spatial locations are intended only as a general indication of location and should not be relied upon. They should be read in conjunction with the full RSS feed.

Third party websites can use the RSS feeds to display the latest information from DFES on their site. However, RSS feeds must be displayed as provided by DFES and the text, content or links supplied may not be edited or modified. The information in the RSS feeds may not be on sold for commercial benefit. DFES also requires that the proper format and attribution is used when DFES content appears. The attribution text should read ‘DFES’ or ‘Government of Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ as appropriate, and link back to the DFES homepage (www.dfes.wa.gov.au). Third party websites may not display the DFES logo and must preserve feed item links back to the DFES website.

DFES does not offer technical support or endorse any third party RSS applications.

DFES reserves the right to discontinue providing RSS feeds and make periodic technical alterations to the services at any time without notice.

DFES also reserves the right to prevent the distribution of DFES content.

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