Funding to fast track bushfire technology
NSW businesses trialling innovative, field-ready bushfire technologies can now apply for the second round of the NSW Government’s Bushfire Technology Pilots Program.
Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology Alister Henskens said the $2.6 million program would provide grants of up to $250,000, to help innovators turbocharge their research into practical solutions that will improve bushfire detection, preparation and response.
“We are investing in these technologies to ensure our State continues to be a world leader in bushfire technology,” Mr Henskens said.
“As well as giving homegrown innovators the opportunity to test their cutting-edge technology, the program provides them with critical links to frontline services, so they can fast track the adoption of new approaches.
“This program demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to R&D, turning local research into new industries, which will create jobs, grow the economy and help secure a brighter future for NSW.”
Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke said the program builds on the success of the first round of funding, with five innovative ideas now being piloted.
“The first round of grants included providing power to remote sites, real-time monitoring of fire conditions and data-sharing,” Ms Cooke said.
"By their very nature bushfires are difficult to control and very dangerous, which is why we need to invest in new technology to innovate our State’s firefighting response to better protect communities from future natural disasters.
“I look forward to seeing what innovations come through next to complement the incredible work of our emergency service organisations.”
Get more information about the program, and how to apply.