Update on Buller CFA winter season staffing
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.”