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  • South-Western Sydney Better Prepared For Emergency

    Residents in south-western Sydney can be assured their local emergency services are well equipped after the announcement of $10,000 grants to the Casula Rural Fire Brigade and the NSW State Emergency Services Liverpool Unit.

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Hon. David Elliott MP, was joined by State Member for Holsworthy and Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services,  Melanie Gibbons MP, and NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Assistant Commissioner Kelly Browne AFSM, to present a $10,000 grant to the Casula Brigade for the construction of a new covered area that will enable the safe storage of trucks and other equipment.

    “The NSW Government is committed to providing volunteer firefighters with the equipment, infrastructure and resources they need to carry out the important work of protecting their local communities from fire and a diverse array of incidents,” Mr Elliott said.

    Assistant Commissioner Browne thanked the brigade’s 54 volunteers for their dedication, commitment and service to their communities.

    “You only have to look at the last season to see how hard our skilled firefighters and support crews work to keep us safe when bush fires and emergency situations threaten,” Assistant Commissioner Browne said.

    “I would like to take this time to praise all our volunteers for their ongoing efforts each and every day, particularly when dealing with emergencies here in the Macarthur District.”

    Ms Gibbons thanked all RFS volunteers for their service to the local community and for their help right across NSW.

    “Our RFS volunteers give up so much time away from their families and friends to ensure that we are safe.

    “We are no stranger to bushfires in the Holsworthy electorate and I hope this funding will help keep their important equipment safe for when it is next needed.” Ms Gibbons said.

    Mr Elliott and Ms Gibbons also joined NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York, at the NSW SES Liverpool Unit to announce a $10,000 grant, which will allow the unit to purchase 50 new lockers for their members, along with a new training roof, to use for practicing responding to storm damage.

    “This grant is just one example of the NSW Government’s commitment to investing in NSW SES and its volunteers, who give up their time to put the needs of others above their own,” Mr Elliott said.

    Ms Gibbons said it was reassuring to see the NSW Government is committed to investing in the local NSW SES.

    “Over the past 12 months, our unit has responded to nearly 530 requests for assistance, with 152 of those coming through during the most recent flood event,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “We are incredibly proud of our volunteers, and we know they help their community without want of any reward or recognition. I’m pleased we can make their facilities a little more comfortable and safe.”

    Commissioner York thanked the Minister and NSW Government for their ongoing support of NSW SES and its volunteers.

    “Members of our Liverpool Unit are skilled professionals, that help their communities through storms and floods,” Commissioner York said.

    “I want to thank the volunteers, as well as their families and employers, for without their support, they would not be able to dedicate the time they do to helping their local communities,” she said.


  • NSW Urged To ‘Get Ready’ For Summer

    Prepare your bushfire survival plan, don’t drive through floodwater, swim between the flags, and make sure your home is fire safe this summer – these are some of the safety tips NSW emergency service agencies have shared ahead of the 2020 summer season.

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott today joined emergency services leaders on Sydney Harbour to issue the timely reminder, as people begin decorating their homes for Christmas, planning holidays in regional NSW and enjoying warm days by the water.

    “Aussie summers are iconic, but they can also be tragic. Last year, we had a horror bushfire season. This year, we’re expecting a wet and wild summer. But bushfires and storms are not the only threats we face,” Mr Elliott said.

    “I urge you to use the start of summer as a start of a conversation with your friends and families about being prepared for seasonal hazards. Especially this year, as experts warn of a La Niña summer.”

    NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said summer is a particularly busy time of year for all emergency services and urged the community to put safety first. 

    “Police will be out and about - on the streets, on our roads, in, on and around the water, and even in the air. If we all put safety first, our holidays will be remembered for all the right reasons," Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

    NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York said there have been more than 500 rescue requests this year from people who have risked their lives by driving through floodwaters.

    “You wouldn’t run into a bushfire, so never drive, walk or ride through flood water – it’s incredibly dangerous for both you and the volunteers rescuing you. It’s vital to know your flood risk and have an emergency plan in place,” Commissioner York said.

    NSW RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers said last summer’s bushfire season was a stark reminder of the dangers of fire and the importance of early planning and preparation.

    “Last summer’s bushfires destroyed 2,476 homes and claimed 26 lives in NSW. Every family should have a five-minute conversation about important decisions like when to leave and what to take if a fire threatens your home,” Commissioner Rogers said.

    Fire and Rescue NSW Assistant Commissioner Paul McGuiggan said decorative lights and summer barbecues also pose a fire risk around the home.

    “Make sure you have a sufficient number of working smoke alarms throughout your home that are tested regularly and are supported by a written home escape plan,” Assistant Commissioner McGuiggan said.

    NSW Surf Life Saving CEO Steve Pearce reiterated the importance of water safety.

    “Only swim at patrolled beaches, stay between the red and yellow flags, always check conditions before heading out, wear a life jacket when boating or rock fishing, and be sure to keep an eye on your mates,” Mr Pearce said.

    Marine Rescue Commissioner Stacey Tannos said they’re ready for a record summer on the water as more people stay home instead of heading overseas on holidays.

    “Boaters should always Log On with Marine Rescue when heading out and Log Off when they return on VHF Channel 16 or the free Marine Rescue App. It’s quick and simple and gives you the reassurance that our volunteers are watching out for your safe return,” Commissioner Tannos said.

    Find out more about the steps you can take to Get Ready for summer at https://resilience.nsw.gov.au/prepare.html

  • NSW Protected By Australia’s Largest Aviation Fleet

    The people of NSW will this season be protected from bushfires by the single largest aerial fleet of any fire agency in Australia.

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott and NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Commissioner Rob Rogers AFSM unveiled the full firefighting fleet of the NSW RFS aircraft at RAAF Base at Richmond today, the largest aviation investment by any State in the nation.

    From the impressive Large Air Tanker (LAT) Marie Bashir, helicopters and Citation ‘Birddog’ aircraft, the range of equipment and capabilities were put on show as firefighters were winched and water bombers tested during a training exercise.

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said NSW is leading the way in tackling fires both from the air and on the ground.

    “The NSW Government has invested $26.3 million to provide the LAT ‘Marie Bashir’ and Citation ‘Birddog’ aircraft that will undertake line scanning operations.  Last season, the LAT proved its value time and time again,” Mr Elliott said.

    “We’ve also unveiled two new Bell 412 Helicopters, an investment of $6.3 million that will further enhance capability across the state.

    “No matter what Mother Nature throws at us; we have the ability to respond. If we experience a wet summer, these aircraft can assist rescuing people in floodwaters, or they can transport our crews to fast moving grass fires this bush fire season.

    “NSW RFS and Australian Defence Force aircraft successfully rescued 51 people from imminent danger last bushfire season. These new aircraft will double this capability, and along with the two BK117 helicopters, enhance our rapid aerial and remote area firefighting operations.”

    NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Rob Rogers said that the RFS is committed to ensuring our firefighters have the tools they need year round to help protect lives and property.

    “These impressive aircraft are just part of the fleet, with more than 100 call-when-needed and contracted aircraft, that have and will continue to support firefighting operations across NSW this bush fire season,” Commissioner Rogers said.

    “Many of these aircraft have proved themselves already this season and the support from the sky will continue to be invaluable.”

    “I also take this time to thank our volunteers who time and time again give so much to protect the people and property of NSW.”

    The fleet of NSW RFS aircraft will be based at various locations including RAAF Base Richmond and Bankstown Airport and will deployed across the State and interstate as needed.

    This follows the NSW Government’s recent announcement of $192.2 million over five years to commence implementation of key recommendations arising from the Independent NSW Bushfire Inquiry, including $5.4 million to enhance the existing RFS aerial fleet, training facilities and to trial night time aerial firefighting.

  • $192 Million To Fund NSW Bushfire Inquiry Initiatives

    New equipment for firefighters, night-time aerial firefighting, enhanced strategic fire trails and improvements to local emergency infrastructure will be funded as part of the NSW Government’s response to the independent NSW Bushfire Inquiry.

    Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott were joined by NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Rob Rogers AFSM, Commissioner of Resilience NSW Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM, and Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Paul Baxter at Parliament House today to announce a $192 million funding package.  

    Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the funds announced today demonstrate the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to protecting the people of NSW.

    “Last season’s bushfires had a devastating effect on the whole of NSW and this funding will go a long way in ensuring we never see the same impact again,” Mr Perrottet said.

    “These funds will include a suite of mental health programs across all frontline agencies as part of our commitment to support our first responders.”

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said that the $192 million will be allocated to protecting life, property and supporting our emergency management personnel.

    “We are committed to continuing to protect the people of NSW and are funding a range of initiatives to support frontline firefighters, extending hazard reduction works, as well delivering better equipment, and support for the natural environment,” Mr Elliott said. 

    “We worked closely with frontline agencies to identify priorities to address key recommendations arising from the Inquiry. There is no length we won’t go to safeguard communities from disaster.”

    The package of bushfire inquiry initiatives, worth $192.2 million over five years, includes:

    • $36 million for a new first responder mental health strategy for emergency services
    • $23 million in additional personal protective clothing for frontline firefighters
    • $17 million to retrofit NSW RFS and NPWS vehicles and replace FRNSW tankers
    • $8.3 million extension of an integrated dispatch system for the NSW RFS
    • $9.5 million to fund initial priority works for the fire trail network
    • $5.4 million enhancements to the RFS aerial fleet and training facilities
    • $2.5 million improvements to NSW RFS’s Fires Near Me app
    • $2.85 million to deliver critical equipment for 31 multi-agency Emergency Operations Centres

    Further measures to address the Inquiry’s recommendations will be considered as part of future budget processes.

     The NSW Bushfire Inquiry was commissioned by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to examine the causes, preparation and response to the devastating 2019-20 Summer Bushfires. The NSW Government has accepted the 76 recommendations.