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Megalong Valley RFS Minutes 9th October 2019

New Standards for Fire Trails

New standards have also been developed to ensure fire trails meet the needs of firefighters.
This includes width and height clearances, gradient and drainage. As an example, where a fire trail is identified as capable of carrying a large bush fire tanker, the fire trail must meet standards for the tanker to safely navigate the trail.

The Fire Trail Standards were gazetted on 8 September 2017.

Fire trails will also need to be maintained and inspected regularly. Signage will also be installed on these fire trails so firefighters know the standard to which they’re constructed. This will help ensure firefighters can safely operate from trails and clearly identify access points and the limitations of each trail.

Over the coming years the network will be continually improved based on these standards. The aim of the legislation is to provide a strategic network to improve access for fire fighting and hazard reduction.

Local Bush Fire Management Committees will be responsible for identifying the needs for the fire trail network in their area.

Fire trails on private land
In some areas, the local Bush Fire Management Committee may identify the need for a fire trail on private property. If the fire trail is identified on private land the NSW RFS will seek to enter into an agreement with the landholder to establish the fire trail

More Information
You can find out more about the strategic fire trail network by emailing firetrails@rfs.nsw.gov.au. Also monitor NSW RFS Fire Trails website for updates

RFSA Response to Funding Our Emergency Service Discussion Paper

The recent decision taken by the Government to defer the introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL), pending a review to find a better and fairer path forward is supported because of the Association’s publicly stated position that any form of a property based levy would not be fair and equitable and could undermine the culture and independence of the “volunteer” emergency services that has evolved over many years.

In reaching this conclusion, the Association commissioned Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to research a number of issues including the total cost of providing rural fire protection and minimising the threat to lives and property in NSW. These findings took into account information from stakeholders including local government councils.

Accordingly, in response to the discussion paper issued by the Government on 5 July 2012 “Funding our Emergency Services” the Association recommended that the current contributory system of funding through a combination of insurance levies, local Government rates and State Government was more equitable and should not be changed. The Association did not support a property based levy and formed the opinion that a compelling case had not been made to suggest that the asserted benefits of a property based levy outweighed the risks posed.

Changes to the Emergency Services Levy 2017

The NSW Premier announced on the 30 May 2017 that the Levy would be deferred following a number of anomalies with small to medium businesses facing an unreasonable burden in their contribution to the State’s fire and emergency services the funding.>From July 1 2017, the NSW Government will abolish the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) on insurance policies and replace it with an Emergency Services Property Levy (ESPL) paid alongside council rates.

Emergency AUS App for smart phones delivers unparalleled emergency warnings to members of the public

Features include;

  1. Official emergency information is sourced from state and territory emergency services and provided in real-time.

  2. View information on the map or in a list

  3. Sort lists by distance from your current location, time or event status

Emergency Aus can be downloaded for android phones from Google Play Emergency Aus or from Itunes ITunes Emergency Aus app.

NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE ASSOCIATION

The NSW RFSA is a Statewide non-partisan, member association that represents the interests of 70,000+ members of the world's largest volunteer fire fighting service.

As a valued partner of the NSW Rural Fire Service, Governments and national industry bodies, the Association is a highly influential advocate, ensuring its members are taken into account in the decision making processes. Membership is FREE you can register online, you will need your RFS number but omit the first 3 numbers i.e., 560 as the RFSA only requires the ast 5 digits. Click Here

New   Member Benefits Digital Card

You can download your Member Benefits digital card to your smart phone. This provides on the go access and replaces the need to have or carry a physical card.

Includes, Near me Map and List - brings up a map of participating venues and either click on the location points or scroll down to view the venue details.

How to download your Member Benefits Digital card Click Here

How to add an icon to your home screen Click Here

Bushfire Hazard Reduction and Pile Burn Guide

Click the following link for the procedures to be followed for Hazard Reduction and Pile Burning in Megalong Valley
Click Here