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Three bodies are empowered by legislation to assist in the operation of the NSW RFS, the:

The Fire Services Joint Standing Committee's main functions are:

  • develop and submit to the Minister strategic plans for the delivery of comprehensive, balanced and coordinated urban and rural fire services at the interface of fire district boundaries and rural fire district boundaries.
  • undertake periodic review of fire district and rural fire district boundaries and, if appropriate, to make recommendations to the Minister concerning those boundaries.
  • develop and submit to the Minister implementation strategies to minimise duplication and maximise compatibility between the NSW RFS and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW). The Committee, chaired alternatively by the Commissioners of FRNSW and NSW RFS, has particular regard for infrastructure planning, training, equipment design and community education programs.

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Executive Agency related to the Department

Last updated: 29 August 2023