"200 new tankers investing in bushfire protection"
EMERGENCY SERVICES 200 new tankers investing in bushfire protection The NSW Government will invest a record $903 million in essential emergency services, including more than 200 new bushfire tankers to protect communities across the State. Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan said the Rural Fire Service tankers, to cost $31 million, were part of a $51 million upgrade of the emergency services’ vehicle fleets. The budget also includes $18 million to continue updating the NSW Fire Brigades’ fleet with more than 20 new fire engines and specialised vehicles and $2 million towards more than 60 State Emergency Service vehicles. “This Labor Government’s record emergency services budget will build on the State’s emergency preparedness and protection,” Mr Whan said. “This budget again delivers on the Government’s commitment to ensuring our emergency services have the equipment, training and resources they need for their vital work. “Investing in our emergency services is essential for the safety and well being of NSW families and the Government is continuing to support our volunteer and paid personnel from the NSW Fire Brigades, SES and RFS,” he said. Mr Whan said the RFS bushfire tankers would help ensure volunteer firefighters headed to firegrounds to defend their communities in safe, modern and efficient vehicles. “This year’s $31 million investment means the State Labor Government will have committed almost $395 million to provide more than 3640 tankers for our volunteer firefighters since 1995,” he said. “Communities in regional NSW also will benefit from the delivery of NSW Fire Brigades engines to stations including Coffs Harbour, Springwood, Lismore, Goulburn, Queanbeyan and Moree.” Mr Whan said the budget also continued the Government’s record of improving emergency facilities, including $16 million for new and upgraded RFS stations and Fire Control Centres. “This includes allocations towards new Fire Control Centres in the Hunter, Cumberland, Bland, Griffith and Dubbo districts. “These modern, purpose-built centres, to be developed in partnership with local government, will have dedicated communications and operations facilities to help manage bushfires and other incidents. “Another $5 million has been allocated for improved Fire Brigades facilities and $1.38 million to help upgrade more than 20 SES unit headquarters around the State, including Holroyd, Camden Haven and Bega.” Key Budget initiatives for the emergency services: NSW Fire Brigades The NSW Fire Brigades’ 2009/10 budget is $589 million. Spending includes: • $18 million for more than 20 new fire engines and specialised vehicles • $15 million for firefighting and counter terrorism plant and equipment • $5 million for improved station facilities around the State • $3.6 million for information technology and station communications equipment. NSW Rural Fire Service The 2009/10 Rural Fire Fighting Fund is $216 million. Spending includes: • $31.3 million for more than 200 bushfire tankers • $16 million for new and upgraded brigade stations and fire control centres and the installation of rain water tanks • $17 million in maintenance grants to local councils • More than $14 million for bushfire mitigation, including $2 million to help elderly and vulnerable residents reduce their bushfire risk • $6 million to boost aerial firefighting resources. State Emergency Service The SES 2009/10 budget of $59.7 million includes: • $2 million in subsidies for more than 60 emergency response vehicles • $1.47 million for rescue equipment, including hydraulic cutters for road crash rescue • $1.38 million in subsidies towards the cost of upgrading more than 20 unit headquarters around the State • $700,000 for up to 25 flood boats • $322,000 for alpine search and rescue training and equipment. June 16, 2009 | MEDIA CONTACT: Garth Montgomery 0408 864 851 | www.budget.nsw.gov.au