Wollondilly's Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades have been able to purchase some new equipment thanks to a grant from South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal (IMC).
South32 has given more than $49,000 to RFS brigades in Cawdor, Wilton, Menangle, Appin and Douglas Park, enabling volunteer crews to purchase new items such as lighting, cleaning equipment, thermal imaging cameras, personal protection equipment, clothing, GPS systems and computer equipment.
IMC vice president of operations Wayne Bull said the funding came from South32 IMC's Community Partnerships Program to help keep communities safe this summer.
"We are very grateful for the work of our local RFS volunteers. They do an amazing job keeping the community safe," he said.
"All frontline workers, including our local RFS crews, are real heroes. I wish them a safe and successful summer."
NSW RFS Southern Highlands district manager Superintendent Martin Surrey urged local residents to ensure they are ready for the warmer months.
"It could be another busy season, so we are grateful for South32's support," he said.
"We're ready to help keep our communities safe this summer.
"However, please have your own bush fire survival plan and discuss it with your family. How fireproof is your fire plan?"
The IMC Community Partnerships Program was established in 2004 to support community projects and initiatives in the region surrounding South32's Appin Mine.
For more information about the Community Partnership Program or to apply for funding, email: email@example.com or call: 1800 102 210.