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Ministerial media releases

New contract for RFS aerial fleet building home-grown talent

The NSW Government is providing certainty for the state’s aerial bush firefighting capacity, with a new 10-year aviation contract signed by the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) that will boost local jobs and home-grown skills.

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NSW RFS Commissioner to retire at end of bush fire season

Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner Rob Rogers will retire from the role at the end of the coming bush fire season, after almost five years leading the emergency service agency.

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Beachgoers even safer with eyes in the sky

NSW emergency services are working together to help keep the state’s northern coastline safer, with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) teaming up to introduce aerial patrols of busy local beaches using the RFS Bell helicopter.

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Managing the threat of extreme weather before disaster strikes

The NSW Government is today releasing the nation’s first State Disaster Mitigation Plan (SDMP), developed by the NSW Reconstruction Authority.

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Bolstering traditional practices to ramp up bushfire resilience

A new program to boost the bushfire resilience of critical transport corridors by supporting Aboriginal cultural landscape management has been launched at four sites across regional New South Wales.

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New exemption makes it easier for farmers to fight fires

Transport for NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service have partnered to launch a trial registration exemption for farmers to help rural firefighting efforts this bushfire season.

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Emergency services personnel honoured on Australia Day

Minister for Emergency Services Jihad Dib has congratulated the 17 emergency services personnel recognised in The Australia Day 2024 Honours List, acknowledging their commitment to keeping communities safe.

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Bush firefighters reaching new heights with opening of Aviation Centre of Excellence

Minister for Emergency Services Jihad Dib has officially opened the new $8.3 million NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Aviation Centre of Excellence in Dubbo today, a significant milestone at the start of what is expected to be a hot and challenging summer.

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RFS Benevolent Fund giving back to firefighters and families

The RFS Benevolent Fund, a charity created to provide support to RFS members and their families during challenging times, has been officially formed and is now available to help.

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NSW Government removes roadblock for rural firefighters protecting communities

The Minns Labor Government has made it easier for the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to close roads in fire emergencies ahead of a dangerous bushfire season, with legislation passing through NSW Parliament this week.

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