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Rise of the Female Firefighter: Bushfire Brigade Ranks Filling Up With Women

Female firefighters across the country are increasingly taking on frontline volunteer roles that were once the sole preserve of men. Traditionally, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service’s volunteers were drawn from rural landholders with men fighting the fires and women in support roles. But the service has made a concerted effort to encourage women

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New Fire and Emergency Levy Scrapped After Incorrect Modelling, NSW Government Admits

The NSW Government has backed down on a new fire and emergency services levy, admitting its modelling was wrong and the extra cost on fully insured small and medium businesses was unfair. The new levy was set to come into effect on July 1 to replace the Emergency Services Levy on insurance policies. It would

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Busy bushfire season predicted for Australia’s most populous regions

Published September 1 2015, The Sydney Morning Herald. The most populous regions of Australia can expect another year of above-average fire risk as the long-term decline in cool season rainfall combines with the strengthening El Nino in the Pacific. A swath of land stretching from south-eastern South Australia to the north of Rockhampton in Queensland, and

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