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.
April to June 2021 is the second 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 2021 highlights
The report highlights are organised by theme.
Protecting frontline firefighters
- 66 new firefighting vehicles delivered to NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) this quarter with appropriate crew protection systems.
- $22.7 million invested to deliver specialised personal protective clothing for FRNSW firefighters in 2021-2022.
- NSW RFS and Monash University commenced research to develop an improved understanding of cabin protection in frontline vehicles.
Improving Operational Capability
- NSW RFS Aviation Simulator integrated into aviation training courses.
- 20 NSW RFS Rural Fire Districts integrated and operating from the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system.
- State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) provided with access to the Public Safety Network.
NSW RFS completed a review of Fire Control Centres in areas that were heavily affected by fire.
- $20 million investment over 2 years to upgrade Fire Control Centres, Emergency Operations Centres, and Station/Neighbourhood Safe Places.
- $6.7 million investment in fire ground tracking, training and accreditation of heavy plant machinery announced June 2021.
- $5.2 million investment to build additional RPAS capability for Fire and Rescue NSW, announced June 2021.
Strengthening Research, Technology, Governance and Accountability
- $16 million investment in a Bushfire Technology Fund (BTF) to support and encourage investment in the private sector development and commercialisation of new bush fire technologies.
- NSW Air Quality Forecasting Framework (AQFF) enhanced.
- A second NSW RFS Cessna Citation aircraft for Australia, fitted with the Overwatch scanning and sensing system.
- Updates to the Fires Near Me App to introduce fire spread prediction maps.
- 4,800km fire break works completed by NSW RFS mitigation crews this financial year, providing protection for more than 27,000 homes.
- 28 new Community Safety Specialists recruited by NSW RFS, responsible for auditing compliance with bushfire plans and ensuring bushfire hazards are addressed.
- Five fire trails certification inspections completed.
- Bushfire Corridor Resilience Program rollout ongoing with investment of $8.5 million, and work continuing on the Pacific, Kings, Oxley and Bruxner Highways.
Increasing Community Resilience
- 50 NSW RFS vehicles retrofitted with UHF CB Radios, and all new NSW RFS firefighting vehicles being fitted with UHF radios to facilitate safe, effective communication with local landholders.
- Bushfire Community Protection plans and emergency management plans developed for 4 Aboriginal communities under the Aboriginal Community Emergency Management Pilot project.
- Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) online training package re-developed and released including guidance on the role and responsibility of Local Emergency Management Officers (LEMOs).
- 200 wildlife rehabilitators and veterinary professionals received subsidised bush fire awareness training.