Federal Government Improves Firefighting With $26 million Boost

Australia’s firefighting systems will be overhauled to better equip firefighters to face dangerous and unpredictable fires.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed the plan on Wednesday to inject $26 million in a funding boost to improve current firefighting measures across the country.

The improvements will include $5.85 million to update of the ageing national fire danger rating and community alert system, $11 million for more specialist firefighting air tankers and $2 million upgrade of the national emergency SMS alert system.

$5 million will also help states and territories to build resilience and prepare for natural disasters in high risk communities, $1.5 million will expand a trial delivering mobile broadband to the nation’s public safety agencies and $750,000 will go to investigating telephone-based emergency warning systems.

The measures came as areas of Queensland recover after two weeks of bushfires.

Mr Morrison said it would make sure the country was ready for fire emergencies.

“Whether it’s keeping Australians safe from bushfires, safe from terrorism or organised crime, that is our objective and that is our mission as a government,” he said.

“We cannot always prevent natural hazards, but we can prepare for them and ensure that are able to respond in the most effective way.

Assistant Home Affairs Minister Linda Reynolds said the initiates would boost the already strong firefighting across the nation.

“What we saw on the weekend in Queensland is the absolute best in all Australians,” Ms Reynolds said.

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