Fire ac­cess im­proved

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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

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