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.
January to March 2021 is the first quarterly report (PDF, 723.86 KB) and captures the activities of nine NSW Government agencies responsible for the implementation of initiatives and projects to address the inquiry’s recommendations.
January to March 2021 highlights
The report highlights are organised by theme.
Protecting frontline firefighters
- A further 25,000 sets of PPC being made available to NSW RFS members.
- 6,000 sets of PPC rolled out to FRNSW personnel.
- $36 million investment in mental health support for emergency services including rollout of the mental health webinar series delivered free for all personnel by NSW RFS Member Assistance Provider, Benestar to improve mental health education.
- 19 regional manufacturers have been contracted to deliver improvements including safety sprays, blankets and shields to the NSW RFS fire fighting fleet and other firefighting agencies, including FRNSW and NPWS.
Improving Operational Capability
- New aviation simulator installed and operational at the NSW RFS Training Academy in Dubbo.
- Three NSW RFS owned helicopters equipped with night-vision imaging systems to allow night-time fire-fighting operations.
- Memorandum of understanding between NSW RFS and Victoria’s Country Fire Association extended ahead of the 2020-2021 season.
- OP1.2.20 Operation Protocol for Backburning was published in February 2021 to outline protocols for strategic and tactical backburning, and the recording of backburn results.
Strengthening Research, Technology, Governance & Accountability
- Rollout of the Australia Warning System begun, with new bush fire icons rolled out in NSW on 1 December 2020.
- Updates to the Fires Near Me App have introduced a 50 km buffer across interstate borders and new user-friendly functions such as text enlargement.
- New legislative function assigned to the SEMC to promote the continuous improvement to policy and practice in the NSW emergency management sector.
- Stronger and clearer legislative powers for the NSW RFS Commissioner to direct hazard reduction activities, and audit and address bush fire risks.
- An additional 100 mitigation personnel employed by NSW RFS to support agencies undertaking hazard reduction works, including local councils. Over 2,000 km of fire breaks have been completed to date.
- 125 additional firefighters recruited by NPWS, including 20 positions for Indigenous firefighters, to support a 20% increase in capacity for hazard reduction.
- Amendments to the Rural Fires Act 1997 to remove exemptions for public lands and ensure public and private lands are treated equally.
- Rollout of the Bushfire Corridor Resilience Program is underway with works on the Princes Highway and Gwydir Highway complete.
Increasing Community Resilience
- The inaugural NSW Bush Fire Season Outlook covering the 2020-21 bush fire season was published 18 November 2020.
- The Prepare for the Unexpected Toolkit was rolled out to help small businesses build their resilience to unexpected disruptions and prepare for natural disasters.
- An additional 1100 training placements delivered for surge staff who can be called up to support evacuation centre management and disaster welfare.
- 55 Fire Access and Fire Trail plans submitted to the Bush Fire Coordinating Committee.
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