Summary

Rural Fires Act 1997 (NSW) - Level 4

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An Act to establish the NSW Rural Fire Service, defines its functions and makes provision for the prevention, mitigation and suppression of rural fires. Rural Fire Districts are defined within the Act (as distinct from Fire Districts as defined by the Fire Brigades Act 1989). The Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service, staff and volunteer fire fighters will form the NSW Rural Fire Service. The Act establishes Bushfire Management Committees and requires them to prepare and submit a plan of operations and a bushfire risk management plan. The timing and content of such plans is dealt with in the Act. Fire Permits are also provided for in the Act. The Act establishes a duty for owners and occupiers of land to prevent bushfires and provides for bushfire prevention measures including hazard reduction. The Act also provides for persons located within the vicinity of bushfire prone land to lodge complaints where bushfire prevention activity is perceived to be inadequate. Hazard Management Officers have the authority to issue notices to owners and occupiers of land to carry out bushfire hazard reduction work. It is an offence under the Act to - obstruct the NSW Rural Fire Service in the course of their duties in fighting a fire; fail to comply with notices issued under the Act; fail to observe conditions of a fire permit and in so doing cause a fire.

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