RFS needs all the donated money

Blue Mountains MP and Labor's emergency services spokeswoman, Trish Doyle, believes that the NSW RFS can use every dollar of the $51 million raised during the summer's bushfires.

Ms Doyle and volunteers

Ms Doyle and volunteers

The Supreme Court last week ruled the money will remain within the NSW RFS.

Ms Doyle said she was confident that the NSW RFS was in need of the funds.

"I could allocate every cent of this $51 million today to RFS brigades across NSW," she said.

"Capertee RFS are in need of a Cat 13 Bulk Water Carrier because their shed isn't hooked up to town water and the drought means there isn't always water in dams or tanks to refill their trucks.

"Moruya RFS need a new shed because they can't fit their trucks in the current one, and another RFS brigade are storing their truck in a chook shed because they don't have a station at all.

"All firefighters need better protective gear, all trucks need to be fitted out with modern safety equipment and active firefighters should have access to an additional uniform.

"Closer to home for me, Blue Mountains RFS firetrucks are known as the heritage fleet, riddled with trucks that break and breakdown, which isn't appropriate for an area that is one of the most fire prone places in the world," Ms Doyle said.

"This money is an opportunity to bring all RFS equipment and appliances up to scratch.

"The need is greatest is regional and rural NSW where brigades are often given second-hand trucks as an upgrade to their 25 year old tanker, and that's where I'd like to see the majority of this money invested. Just because you're a firefighter in Lismore, Capertee or Batlow, doesn't mean you should be less safe or less equipped for fighting fires than a firefighter in Sydney or Wollongong."