Up­date on Buller CFA win­ter sea­son staffing

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID MIMS

MT BULLER fire sta­tion will be staffed by a ros­ter of op­er­a­tions of­fi­cers from Dis­trict 23 dur­ing the win­ter snow sea­son.

Due to a lower num­ber of on-moun­tain vol­un­teers, CFA Dis­trict 23 head­quar­ters have as­signed op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Paul Scragg to Mt Buller sta­tion for win­ter.

An ad­di­tional op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer will be ros­tered on with Mr Scragg on week­ends (Fri­day evening to Mon­day morn­ing), while dur­ing the week there will al­ways be one op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer on duty.

The place­ment of an op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer per­ma­nently on-moun­tain dur­ing the snow sea­son has hap­pened for the past few sea­sons now.

In the past, vol­un­teers have usu­ally been drawn from peo­ple liv­ing per­ma­nently on the moun­tain, how­ever, in re­cent years these num­bers have de­clined, hence the change to two full-time of­fi­cers on week­ends this sea­son.

Back up will come from Mans­field and Mer­ri­jig brigades who stand ready to re­spond to any call-outs, how­ever, dis­tance and weather con­di­tions will mean a de­lay of be­tween 30 min­utes and an hour for those brigades to get to the top.

For ma­jor in­ci­dents, fur­ther re­sources can be called in from other Mans­field area brigades and from Wan­garatta head­quar­ters, plus as­sis­tance from other emer­gency ser­vices.

Speak­ing about the ar­range­ments, Ste­wart Krelt­szheim, Dis­trict 23 op­er­a­tions man­ager said: “CFA Dis­trict 23 North East Re­gion has for­mu­lated a plan to en­sure that we have op­er­a­tional and bri­gade sup­port on the moun­tain 24/7 dur­ing the snow sea­son and to work with the bri­gade, the com­mu­nity, the RMB and other emer­gency ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­tect life and prop­erty.”

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