Competency in heli-winching is a key part of any fire fighter's training.
Competency in heli-winching is a key part of any fire fighter's training.

Fire fighters learning special skills for bushfire season

NATIONAL Parks and Wildlife Service has 120 local fire fighters undergoing specific training to prepare them for the bushfire season.

The men and women are completing physical fitness tests, training on the helicopter winch, attending vehicle burn-overs and preparing to use fire equipment and navigation exercises to have them ready for any conditions.

They will be ready for deployment at any fire emergency in the area as well as other parts of NSW when required.

North Coast Region manager Alan Jeffery said all remote fire fighting crews are trained in heli-winching to respond quickly and effectively to fires in rugged and isolated locations across the region.

"All NPWS staff involved in remote fire fighting not able to be supported directly by vehicles, are trained in helicopter operations safety," he said.

"These important fire fighting skills need to be updated to maintain the high level of skills required to safely perform fire fighting roles in remote locations.

"This training is essential due to the rugged terrain where many of the fire crews are deployed.

"While staff have also worked hard preparing themselves they continue to prepare local communities for bushfires with widespread fire trail and firebreak maintenance work adjacent to residential properties."

Next month the NPWS will join partner agencies such as the Rural Fire Service and Forestry Corporation of NSW to participate in joint bushfire control exercises and fire season outlook briefings as a final preparation stage.



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