More new, upgraded trucks for NSW firies

Tiffanie Turnbull
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More than 200 new or upgraded fire trucks and vehicles will be sent to brigades across NSW by July as part of a government promise to bolster the fleet following the devastating 2019/20 bushfire season.

More than 340 fire trucks or vehicles will in total be built or refurbished for the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW), in a bid to prepare for more challenging fire seasons.

FRNSW also received an additional $5.7 million for 10 new tankers to expand their bush firefighting fleet.

"This program is part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring our emergency services personnel and volunteers have the best possible vehicles and equipment when responding to emergencies across the state," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Friday.

Some 23 new or refurbished trucks have already been sent to at-risk areas, Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said.

The aim is to gradually replace as much of the fleet as possible.

"With 5000 trucks in the RFS fleet, it's a big job to replace those, but this year $76 million going into new trucks ... that's making sure that our firefighters have the latest and safest equipment," RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers said.