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Ready for the fire season

News release
22 October 2014

Nine seasonal fire fighters and 40 NREP Officers have just completed over 735 hours of preseason fire training in readiness for the 2014-15 fire danger season.

Further training in South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) courses are undertaken throughout the winter period to up-skill our staff in both fireground roles and incident management teams.

Fire Management Officer Niall Stephen’s explains “As part of our yearly fire preparedness staff have completed safety and fire-fighting drills, tactical planning sessions and fitness testing.

We have nine seasonal fire fighters and a range of equipment funded by SA Water, and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) dedicated to the prescribed burning program and emergency fire response.

This year we have added to our fleet of fire vehicles, with the purchase of a caterpillar track loader and float to assist in preparation of control lines for both prescribed burns and bushfires.

“Many people don’t know DEWNR fire crews are actually a CFS Brigade and every year we work alongside the outstanding Volunteer Fire Fighters to help protect communities and the environment”.

In the lead up to summer we too reiterate to property owners and tourists the importance of being prepared. Have a Bushfire Survival Plan and practice it.

Find out more about the prescribed burning program, park closures for public safety and why we burn for ecology.

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