Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

NSW GOVERNMENT COMMITS TO MORE RESOURCES FOR RURAL FIREFIGHTERS

Monday February 9, 2015

Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies has welcomed the Baird Government’s commitment to provide additional resources for rural firefighters across NSW.

 

“Here in the Mulgoa electorate, we are all too aware of the damage that bushfires can cause,” said Tanya Davies.

 

“This Government is determined to provide our rural firefighters with the tools they need to better protect lives and property” Tanya added.

 

Tanya pointed to the trial of Large Air Tankers as evidence of the NSW Government’s commitment to providing cutting edge technology to the Rural Fire Service.

 

“A crucial element of this package is the expansion of the state’s bush firefighting artillery through trialling Large Air Tankers for the first time in NSW,” said Tanya.

 

“These tankers can hold between 15,000 litres and 40,000 litres of water or fire retardant at a time, making them an invaluable resource in fighting fast-moving and dangerous bush fires.”

 

In addition, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will:

 

  • Commit to additional hazard reduction activities;
  • Provide NSW with an enhanced fire trail network;
  • Invest in four regionally-based fire fighting training centres; and
  • Provide the public with important bush fire information in their locality through an online portal, building on the success of the ‘Fires Near Me’ app.

 

“We recognise the importance of ensuring that members of the community are informed on bushfire activity and are assisted in being as prepared as possible,” Tanya said.

 

“We will also commit to the protection of almost 600,000 homes over the next four years through hazard reduction works and almost 750,000 hectares of hazard reduction activities.”

 

The RFS will be given the powers it needs to establish a functional fire trail network to better facilitate hazard reduction activities and assist in fighting fires by allowing more timely access to live bush fires.

 

Fire fighting training centres will be located in the Central West, Southern and Northern regions and an additional centre will cater for the bush fire demands of Western Sydney, making it more convenient for volunteers in obtaining or maintaining their accreditation.