Rural fire brigades' extra funds

RURAL Fire Brigades on the State's North Coast will benefit from almost $14 million in funding this year as firefighters head into a potentially severe bush fire season.

Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan yesterday announced the 2009/10 regional funding allocations for Rural Fire Service brigades around NSW.

Mr Whan said local brigades the Ballina, Clarence, Lismore and Tweed electorates would share $13.75 million from the record $216 million Rural Fire Fighting Fund.

“Our fire authorities are well prepared for this bush fire season, which could be one of the worst we have faced for some years. Firefighters have already battled several fires on the North Coast,” he said.

For bush fire survival plans go to the RFS website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.



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