Training day helps Forestry Corporation prepare for fire season

In preparation for the coming fire season, Forestry Corporation Macquarie Region will be conducting a fire-training day on Thursday (17 November) from 8.30 am to 3 pm.

Forestry Corporation employees from the Burraga, Oberon, Orange, Bathurst, Sunny Corner and Lithgow areas will come together at Black Springs and surrounding forests to practise for the coming season.

Forestry Corporation regional manager Dean Anderson said about 75 staff would be involved with equipment including a D3 sized bulldozer, several large tankers, and 15 light-striker units mounted on four-wheel-drive vehicles.

‘It is vital that our staff and equipment are ready for the fire season,’ he said.

‘The day will be devoted to refreshing staff on fire fighting equipment, communication, map reading, and fire line safety. Fire fighters will also be put to the test with a real fire scenario.’

Mr Anderson said even though this was the best start to a fire season for a long time, Forestry Corporation wanted to be absolutely sure it was ready when the summer dry begins.

‘An efficient and practised response to fires is essential to protect life and property each summer,’ he said.

Twenty seasonal fieldworkers, who began work with Forestry Corporation this week, will be mixed with the balance of Forestry Corporation experienced firefighting workforce.

‘Some of our foresters will also be practising their firefighting and logistical management skills on the day,’ Mr Anderson said.

‘When there is a fire to put out later in the season, this training helps us to come together as an efficient, well prepared firefighting team.’

Media contact: Sarah Chester on 02 6036 2110 or 0417 207 669.

Photo opportunity at Black Springs Forest Headquarters on Thursday 17 November from 9:15 am.

Directions: Take the Goulburn Rd south from Oberon for about 23 km to Black Springs. At the intersection adjacent to the Black Springs shop turn right. Travel another 200 or 300m and take the next right. The forest headquarters are on your left.