Win­ter staffing changes for Mt Buller CFA

Mt Buller News - - MT BULLER SOCIAL SCENE - By DAVID MIMS

DUE to a de­crease in the num­ber of ac­tive CFA vol­un­teers on the moun­tain this year, new staffing ar­range­ments are cur­rently be­ing put in place at Mt Buller CFA sta­tion for win­ter 2017.

Cen­tral to this will be the place­ment of a full time op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer from Dis­trict 23 at Mt Buller sta­tion through­out win­ter, as has hap­pened in past years.

At the time of go­ing to press, how­ever, no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion was avail­able on re­sourc­ing, as this was still un­der dis­cus­sion at Dis­trict 23 of­fice.

For any se­ri­ous in­ci­dents on the moun­tain, ad­di­tional bri­gade sup­port will im­me­di­ately be called upon with Mer­ri­jig and Mans­field brigades able to re­spond if re­quired.

How­ever, dis­tance and weather con­di­tions will im­pact on how long it will take those brigades to ar­rive on scene, as Mer­ri­jig is around 30 min­utes away, Mans­field 45-50 min­utes at best.

Longer term plans re­gard­ing re­sourc­ing of the Mt Buller sta­tion into sum­mer 2017/18 and beyond are still be­ing dis­cussed, and in light of the pro­posed fire ser­vices re­struc­ture, it may be some time be­fore a more set­tled struc­ture is de­ter­mined.

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