Fire access improved
Firefighter access to some of the region’s most fire-prone areas i being improved thanks to $272.3 million from the Victorian Government.
The four-year initiative will reduce the risk of bushfires to the community and the environment by upgrading fire towers, building new bridges and improving the condition of key forest roads.
Hume region assistant chief fire officer Jarrod Hayse said the work would support the early detection of bushfires and the rapid response of firefighters and heavy machinery.
‘‘Timing is everything when it comes to responding to bushfires, particularly in remote forest areas,’’ Mr Hayse said.
‘‘Through early detection, and the ability to get firefighters and machinery on site as quickly as possible, we greatly improve the chance of controlling fires before they spread and impact communities and the environment.’’
Across the first year of the program, Mr Hayse and his team have completed $5.7 million of works, with another $5.7 million worth of work set to be completed in the next 12 months. ■ For more information, phone 136 186 or visit: www.ffmvic.gov.au