Bur­nett fire crews un­dergo new train­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

A CEN­TRALISED Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices drill is be­ing held at Gayn­dah this week.

This drill will con­cen­trate on gas fires and is be­ing con­ducted at the Gayn­dah Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Cen­tre at Gayn­dah Air­port.

Gayn­dah fire cap­tain Ron Mitchell said the dis­as­ter man­age­ment cen­tre pro­vided a num­ber of tools es­sen­tial to emer­gency ser­vices and its train­ing ca­pa­bil­ity was one of them.

“We’ve used the cen­tre sev­eral times al­ready but we haven’t used it for what we are do­ing this week,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Hot gas train­ing is mainly to teach crews how to ap­proach LPG fires – you might have a car that has hit a gas cylin­der or a bar­be­cue that has caught fire, just gen­eral LPG fire stuff.

“You’ve got to be able to con­trol the gas and iso­late it, this is to teach our crews about how to do that cor­rectly.”

Crews will pair up and train on dif­fer­ent days to make for more pre­cise train­ing.

“They are com­ing over on dif­fer­ent nights to make it eas­ier for the train­ers,” Mr Mitchell said.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

EX­PLO­SIVE ED­U­CA­TION: Gayn­dah and Biggen­den crews train with gas fires in Gayn­dah.

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