Section 44

Section 44

A "Section 44" refers to the New South Wales Rural Fires Act 1997, specifically section 44, "Commissioner’s responsibility". Essentially is is used to describe when the RFS Commissioner declares a localized "State of Emergency" for a specific district suffering severe fire conditions that cannot be managed without drawing in extensive resources from other areas.

Many strategies are implemented as part of a Section 44 declaration, these include the way in which personnel and equipment are managed. Some of these are not always received positively by crews, like hot bedding, this is where rotated crews sleep in a recently vacated beds and 12 hour shifts which can contribute to fatigue and injury. Shared trucks and equipment causes issues where crews are unfamiliar with the vehicle, location and availability of equipment.Fact|date=September 2008

Once declared by the Commissioner the district has access to any and all firefighting personnel/equipment from across the State at no cost to the district or RFS, with the State Government footing the bill of all related Section 44 declared operations. As such, it is not uncommon for Brigades assisting at a Section 44 to return to their home district with more equipment than what they arrived with.

External links

* [http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/rfa1997138/s44.html Rural Fires Act 1997]
* [http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/ NSW Rural Fire Service Website]
* [http://rfsa.org.au/ NSW Rural Fire Service Association]

ee also

* State Tactical Assisted Resource Group
* New South Wales
* Rural Fire Service
* Remote Area Firefighting Team
* Bushfire
* New South Wales Fire Brigades
* Firefighting
* State Tactical Assisted Resource Group
* Country Fire Service (South Australia)
* Country Fire Authority (Victoria)


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