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Ministerial media releases

Summer begins with grass fire threat

As summer begins, New South Wales residents are being warned to prepare now, with this year’s persistent rainfall causing the most significant grass fire risk across the State in more than 10 years.

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Communities urged to be prepared as summer begins

As the summer season begins, emergency services organisations have joined forces to urge communities to be safe and prepared following a horror year of natural disasters.

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Firefighting air tanker to touch down after marathon mission

After a three month deployment in support of the US fire service’s firefighting efforts, the NSW Rural Fire Service’s (RFS) Marie Bashir Large Air Tanker will arrive in Sydney this afternoon.

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National honours for Hills volunteers

More than 40 volunteers of the NSW Rural Fire Service’s (RFS) Hills District will be presented with National Emergency Medals at a ceremony today in recognition of their service during Black Summer.

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Hawkesbury volunteers honoured for Black Summer service

Almost 300 members of the NSW Rural Fire Service’s (RFS) Hawkesbury District are being awarded the National Emergency Medal for their efforts during the 2019-20 Black Summer bush fires.

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New boats to boost volunteer response to fires and floods

Four new firefighting boats worth a combined $190,000 will be delivered to NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Brigades in the State’s far west, to boost fire responses and support other emergency services organisations during floods and other emergencies.

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Four Fallen Emergency Services Volunteers Honoured

Communities across NSW have today honoured the courageous emergency services personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty at a memorial service at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, steamed online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Four fallen volunteers honoured at memorial

More than 100 emergency services volunteers who have lost their lives protecting NSW communities have been remembered during the annual Emergency Services Volunteer Memorial service.

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$1.1 million firefighting boost for the Blue Mountains

Rural Fire Brigades in the Blue Mountains are benefitting from the delivery of three new appliances, worth a combined $1.1 million, ahead of the official Bush Fire Danger Period beginning on 1 October.

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New Hawkesbury hub for fires and floods

Emergency response to fires and floods in the Hawkesbury is being significantly enhanced with construction beginning on a new $8 million Fire Control and Emergency Operations Centre.

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