Train­ing camp for fire­fight­ers

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

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.

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