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Why California Burns

I might point out that, from where we stand, your rural fire situation is pathetically under-resourced. Here in NSW (population 6.72 mil) we have a volunteer Rural Fire Service of 70,000 – in absolute terms the biggest fire service in the world. That’s backed up by public service professionals from the National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Forests who double as firefighters, are generally more highly-trained, and are available, if necessary, for months on end. And then there’s the ordinary urban fire brigades who now have their own cadre of volunteers on the residential urban-bush interface who use simple methods (mostly lots of water!) to protect their own streets.

Quite often our specialists are despatched to the US to help out there (and occasionally we see US fire professionals over here).

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