Training days help prepare for fire season

Fire training

Staff will put their skills to the test in scenario-based fire training exercises, including dealing with dangerous trees on the fire line, extinguishing car fires, working with fire fighting aircraft and first aid treatment in remote environments.

Forestry Corporation Fire Training Coordinator, Cameron Wade, said the annual pre-season fire days were part of ongoing training for all of the State's 400 forest fire fighters.

“These fire training days are a yearly event focusing on fire fighter safety, community safety and asset protection,” Mr Wade said.

“With good rains and subsequent growth during the past year, this fire season has the potential to be very challenging.”

As one of the four fire-fighting authorities in NSW Forestry Corporation is responsible for over 2.2 million hectares of native and planted forests and is ensuring the Corporation’s fire fighters are well prepared for the coming season.

“We have designed training scenarios to test skills in command and control, communications and team work,” Mr Wade said.

“Local RFS volunteers will be assisting in the training days as part of the State's coordinated fire fighting effort.”

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