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Ministerial media releases

Emergency workers on Australia Day Honours list

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott has congratulated 13 emergency services workers who received awards in today’s Australia Day Honours.

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NSW firefighters to assist in Western Australia

NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott today farewelled sixty firefighters and support officers who will assist with Western Australia's fire emergency.

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NSW moves to a fairer system for funding fire and emergency services

NSW will move into line with all other mainland states and introduce a fairer system of funding fire and emergency services that will also help reduce the high levels of underinsurance across the State, Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian announced today.

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NSW firefighters battle Indonesian forest fires

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott and NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons today announced the NSW Government will be working collaboratively with the Australian Government to provide aerial firefighting assistance to Indonesia.

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Gypsy Lady, Southern Belle Ready To Protect NSW

Erikson Air Crane ‘Gypsy Lady’ and ‘Southern Belle’, a DC 10 Very Large Air Tanker have joined ‘Thor’ the Hercules C130 Large Air Tanker in Sydney for the 2015/16 bushfire season.

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Fire up for Get Ready Weekend

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott and NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons today encouraged the community to join "Get Ready" weekend and make a plan for the bushfire season.

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Thor thunders into NSW for bush fire season

Large Air Tanker (LAT) 'Thor' has arrived in Sydney ahead of the bushfire season, providing an immediate boost to the state's firefighting arsenal.

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Improved 10/50 scheme offers improved protection for environment

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott, Minister for Environment Mark Speakman and NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers today announced a strengthened 10/50 scheme would provide better protection for critical habitat and animals and minimise tree clearing for views.

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NSW firefighters depart Sydney to fight Canada wildfires

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott today thanked 31 emergency services workers who are flying to Vancouver to help fight Canada's wildfires.

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More than $1 billion to support emergency services and build community resilience

Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Service will receive $1.14 billion in 2015-16, including funding to equip emergency services workers with the tools they need to better protect communities.

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