Fired up for another hot season

THE heat is on for our forestry crews to get ready for the coming fire season.

Forests NSW North East Region will run two fire training days next week to prepare the brave men and women who will be on the frontline to protect us and our properties.

“These fire training days are a yearly event to focus on safety and community protection,” said Forests NSW fire training coordinator Cameron Wade.

“This year we will have two sessions for North East Region, one on Tuesday at Coffs Harbour and another on Thursday at Grafton.

“Each of the days will involve 50 firefighters.”

Mr Wade said as one of the four fire authorities in NSW, Forests NSW was ensuring its firefighters were well rehearsed for the bushfire season.

This year, Forests NSW crews will train alongside local volunteers from the Rural Fire Service and staff from the Office of Environment and Heritage.

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

“Pumping, search and rescue, public information, fire over-run drills and dangerous tree treatment are some of the subjects being dealt with on the day.”

No fires will be lit.

The sessions are part of continual training Forests NSW employees undertake throughout the year.

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