Fire trail network to improve community safety

Published: 27 Sep 2016

NSW is implementing a network of strategic fire trails.

The network is being developed with a focus on providing access for firefighters during bushfires and hazard reduction.

It requires the involvement of local bushfire management committees, including representatives from NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS), police, councils, national parks and other agencies.

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott said NSW had experienced devastating bushfires in recent years and an integrated network would assist hazard reduction.

“We are giving firefighters the powers they need to create an improved and integrated fire trail network across the state,” Mr Elliott said.

Work on a register of existing trails is underway. All fire trails will be in place in three years.

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