Joint train­ing ex­er­cises have been run­ning in the Hills be­tween lo­cal Fire and Res­cue crews and the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice.

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Team lead­er­ship groups from both Hornsby Western and Hills RFS worked with Fire and Res­cue NSW of­fi­cers at Cas­tle Hill Fire Sta­tion on cur­rent in­ci­dent man­age­ment sys­tems at both agen­cies.

Around 30 RFS mem­bers and ap­prox­i­mately six 6 Fire and Res­cue staff at­tended the ses­sions held over three nights.

Cas­tle Hill Sta­tion Of­fi­cer, Com­man­der Brett John­son FRNSW said it fa­mil­iarised both agen­cies with their cur­rent In­ci­dent man­age­ment sys­tems which would as­sist in dual agency re­sponses such as a struc­ture (build­ing) fire.

“With­out this on­go­ing assess­ment and train­ing, there could be a risk of one agency talk­ing in a dif­fer­ent lan­guage on a fire­ground,” he said.

“It al­lows both agen­cies to prac­tice in an en­vi­ron­ment that is ob­vi­ously more for­giv­ing than a high risk ac­tive struc­tural fire sce­nario.”

A train­ing ex­er­cise, with ser­vices deal­ing with a “disas­ter sce­nario” was car­ried out in Vi­sion Val­ley, Ar­ca­dia ear­lier in the year.

A third com­bined train­ing In­ci­dent is planned for Au­gust 18 which will be run by Glen­haven RFS and will be at­tended by Kel­lyville RFS and both Cas­tle Hill and Kel­lyville Fire and Res­cue NSW “A” Pla­toons.

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