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2274 - VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER NUMBERS

Haylen, Jo to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services
  1. What has been the total number of volunteer firefighters deployed since the commencement of the current bushfire crisis (as at 6 February 2020)?
    1. Of these volunteers, how many are aged:
      1. 50 to 59 years of age;
      2. 60 to 64 years of age;
      3. 65 to 70 years of age;
      4. over 70 years of age?
    2. Of these volunteers, how many are women?
  2. On how many occasions were volunteer firefighters deployed for shifts of:
    1. 12 hours or more;
    2. 18 hours or more;
    3. 24 hours or more?
Answer -

I am advised that a large number of NSW Rural Fire Service brigades have not yet completed reporting requirements due to significant operational activity. Therefore, the data requested is unavailable.

Over 102,000 shifts were undertaken by NSW Rural Fire Service firefighters since 1 July 2019 to 6 February 2020. Twelve hours is the maximum shift duration for incidents, in accordance with the NSW Rural Fire Service's Fatigue Management Policy.

Question asked on 6 February 2020 (session 57-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 47
Answer received on 11 March 2020 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 54