NSW Bushfire Inquiry progress reports
Implementation of the NSW Government’s response to the NSW Bushfire Inquiry 2020.
The NSW Government will provide regular progress reports on how NSW Bushfire Inquiry recommendations are being implemented.
Resilience NSW has been assigned to coordinate and oversee the implementation of the inquiry’s recommendations.
The April to June 2022 update (PDF 629.84KB) is the latest quarterly report and captures the activities of NSW Government agencies responsible for the implementation of initiatives and projects to address the inquiry’s recommendations.
April to June 2022 highlights
The report highlights are organised by theme.
Protecting Frontline Firefighters
• $105.6 million to NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) to deliver new trucks and retrofit old trucks, following an earlier investment of $67.9 million.
• 71 new compliant Light Tankers built and handed over to NSW RFS since January 2021.
• 156 new compliant Medium Tankers and Heavy Tankers built and handed over to RFS Brigades since January 2021, including 28 Medium and Heavy Tankers delivered this quarter.
• 55 in service Heavy Tankers refurbished with appropriate crew protection safety systems and returned to service since January 2021.
• $45 million for additional personal protective clothing to NSW RFS and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) members.
• NSW RFS is continuing to issue second sets off personal protective clothing to all volunteers.
• FRNSW has completed an extensive trial on a new bushfire jacket across a variety of stations.
Improving Operational Capability
• NSW RFS has developed and is continuing trials to produce thermal scan images, to allow for the early detection of bush fire danger, using its two Citation aircraft.
• District information packs and maps are complete for all districts and have been uploaded to the NSW RFS website, and made available on the Firefighter Pocketbook app.
• National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will receive $27.7 million over four years to upgrade its radio network.
• NSW Government has approved funding for 50 new permanent roles in NPWS to meet new statutory requirements for protecting Assets of Intergenerational Significance.
• The Public Information Functional Area has completed the training package for media liaison officers.
• Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has developed a bush fire risk assessment process for State roads and bridges.
• $75.4 million for ongoing NSW RFS Mitigation Crew positions to deliver hazard reduction mitigation works for the community.
• NSW Government is delivering 200 permanent firefighter roles in NPWS to deliver increased hazard reduction targets.
• More than 40,500 hectares of bush treated in 2021-22, protecting almost 47,223 properties directly on the urban and bush interface.
• 12 NSW RFS Fire Trail projects completed, 71 are in the planning and design phase, and construction has started on another 28 projects.
• 29 Fire Access and Fire Trail Plans approved by the Bush Fire Coordinating Committee.
Increasing Community Resilience
• “Tell Your Story Once” project has completed an initial digital product prototype and moved into the Beta phase to streamline disaster registration and longer-term recovery assistance (including links to financial support) for disaster affected people.
• The Cultural Fire Management Unit is funding Aboriginal community-led projects to implement cultural land management projects for holistic healing of Country.
• NSW RFS has reviewed the effectiveness of 20 bush fire preparedness programs.
• All aged care facilities are now recorded on the Emergency Services Spatial Information Layer available via the State Emergency Operations Centre operating system.
Strengthening Research, Technology, Governance & Accountability
• All Bush Fire Management Committees (BFMCs) have a valid BFRMP and Section 52 Operations Plan, with 33 Next Generation BFRMPs currently in development.
• The University of Wollongong has provided a draft report to the NSW RFS evaluating backburning on five fires during the 2019-20 fire season.
• A review of Functional Area Arrangements was endorsed by the State Emergency Management Committee on 2 June 2022.
• NSW RFS has established new regionally based Community Safety Teams responsible for auditing compliance with bush fire plans and taking regulatory action.