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The community can expect a simpler fire rating system from September 1 as NSW adopts the new Australian Fire Danger Rating System.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) had provided key input in development of the new system, leading the way when it comes to responding to fire danger in our communities.

“Our RFS are community heroes. They respond in our time of need, saving lives and livelihoods,” Mr Anderson said.

“Their expertise has shaped a brand-new fire rating system, enabling them to better work with the community through the summer months when there is a heightened risk of fire.

“Their expertise has driven nationwide reform meaning that the fire rating system you see here in our region will be the same wherever you travel around the country.”

The new Fire Danger Rating System has four levels, instead of the previous six:

1.         Moderate;

2.         High;

3.         Extreme; and

4.         Catastrophic.

On days when there is minimal risk, such as when it is raining, Fire Danger Rating signs will be set to No Rating.

There will also be clear actions to take at each level:

1.         At Moderate, Plan and prepare;

2.         At High, Be ready to act;

3.         At Extreme, Take action now to protect your life and property; and

4.         At Catastrophic, For your survival leave bush fire risk areas.

Minister for Emergency Service and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the new Fire Danger Ratings will be displayed on the RFS website, the Fires Near Me app and on updated road-side signs across NSW.

“I’m really proud that the RFS is delivering the new Fire Danger Rating System for communities State-wide and also nation-wide, in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council,” Ms Cooke said.

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