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Meet the man who takes over Shane Fitzsimmons as the boss of the national fire department and his plans for the burning season

Meet the man who takes over Shane Fitzsimmons as the boss of the Rural Fire Service – and his plan for Australia after one of the worst wildfires in history

  • Rob Rogers is a 40-year-old firefighter and is the new RFS Commissioner
  • The 56-year-old plans to learn from the devastating 2019/20 fire season
  • He plans to overhaul firefighters’ equipment and deploy water bombing aircraft
  • Support is provided to firefighters resulting from traumatic events in the field

Rob Rogers has taken over Shane Fitzsimmons as the new NSW Fire Commissioner.

The 56-year-old is a 40-year veteran of the RFS and has started planning the impending bushfire season that he predicts will begin in August.

The 2019/20 bushfire season was one of the worst in Australian history, with the destruction that has lost 25 lives, burned millions of animals, and destroyed thousands of properties.

Mr. Rogers plans to learn from the tragic events of last season and plans to deploy a permanent water bombing fleet of aircraft and to evaluate fire trucks and safety equipment used by first responders.

Rob Rogers is the new NSW commissioner for rural fire brigade and has started planning for the upcoming bushfire season

Rob Rogers is the new NSW commissioner for rural fire brigade and has started planning for the upcoming bushfire season

The 2019/20 bushfire season was the worst in Australian history, with the devastation that has lost 25 lives, burned millions of animals and destroyed thousands of properties. Pictured: Firefighters tackle a Hillville fire in November

The 2019/20 bushfire season was the worst in Australian history, with the devastation that has lost 25 lives, burned millions of animals and destroyed thousands of properties. Pictured: Firefighters tackle a Hillville fire in November

The 2019/20 bushfire season was the worst in Australian history, with the devastation that has lost 25 lives, burned millions of animals and destroyed thousands of properties. Pictured: Firefighters tackle a Hillville fire in November

“The summer fires behaved in ways that experts had never seen before, the spread defied predictions and decimated cities,” he said. The Sunday Telegraph.

Mr. Rogers believes that Australia needs its own fire planes because of the frequency and cruelty of fires rather than leasing them from overseas.

“I really want to see that happen,” he said.

NSW was the first state to invest in its own water-bombardment aircraft last year and spent $ 26.3 million on the RFS Marie Bashir aircraft, which helped fire and rescue operations across the country last season.

A glow that got out of hand rips through Mount Adrah in central New South Wales in January

A glow that got out of hand rips through Mount Adrah in central New South Wales in January

A glow that got out of hand rips through Mount Adrah in central New South Wales in January

Fire trucks that do not roll over have been given precedence after the tragic death of volunteer firefighter Samuel McPaul, when a fire tornado overturned a truck on December 30 during the bush fall in Green Valley, east of Albury, near the NSW-Victoria border.

Providing support services for firefighters caused by traumatic events in the field will also be provided.

Mr. Rogers started his career with the RFS when he was 15 years old in Belrose.

The father of two is bracing for the coming summer and hopes to be as well prepared and ready as possible for yet another aggressive season.

“I think all fire rules have gone out the window this burning season,” he said.

Firefighters rush to move their fire engine while a fire flares up on the roadside near Bilpin in December 2019

Firefighters rush to move their fire engine while a fire flares up on the roadside near Bilpin in December 2019

Firefighters rush to move their fire engine while a fire flares up on the roadside near Bilpin in December 2019

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