Training camp for firefighters
MORE than 45 Forestry Corporation of NSW firefighters have honed their skills this week in a five-day training camp as the official fire season starts early in parts of the region.
The staff have been trained in essential firefighting skills such as fire command and control and four-wheel driving.
Forestry Corporation forest protection manager Karel Zejbrlik said the training camp was a crucial component of fire season preparation.
“Forestry Corporation is responsible for preventing and managing fires in two million hectares of State forests across NSW,” Mr Zejbrlik said.
“We take our firefighting responsibilities incredibly seriously – our training ensures everyone from our most experienced firefighter through to our newest recruit is fit and ready to be deployed to the fire front.
“We also send crews to help on large bushfires on private property, other bushland and even internationally, so we need to ensure we are at the top of our game.
“The hot and dry conditions mean we’ve already had crews battling bushfires in many forests, so this training camp is a timely skills refresher.
The camp is one of a series held around the state ahead of fire season.