We have more than 1200 staff, who are experienced in a variety of fire specialist roles including:
- crew members
- burn planners
- incident controllers
- air attack supervisors, including for the lead plane that guides the very large and large air tankers to major fires
- key positions in the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) State Air Desk and State Operations Centre during major fire events.
Our fire specialists are trained and equipped for firefighting anywhere in Australia and in some overseas locations, and are regularly deployed to support firefighting efforts interstate and overseas.
NPWS works closely with other agencies and the community including:
- NSW RFS
- Fire and Rescue NSW
- Forestry Corporation
- Sydney Catchment Authority
- local bushfire management committees
- neighbours of national parks.
Local bushfire management committees coordinate fire management planning, prevention and suppression in local areas. They involve local communities in fire management plans for their area.
NPWS is represented on more than 120 bushfire management committees across the state.
Equipment NPWS has a range of fit for purpose vehicles, equipment and aircraft, including 4 helicopters and 1 fixed-wing aircraft available for managing fires. Drones may be deployed for monitoring fires.
Rapid response A rapid response to bushfires is essential if they are to be contained, especially for fires in parks in regional and remote areas. NPWS rapid aerial response teams have a 100% success rate in reducing fires within 30 minutes of alert.