Forest Fire Management Victoria’s newest recruits have recently completed a five-day training camp in preparation for the summer fire season.
Nearly 60 project firefighters from the north-east region have completed the camp at Beechworth.
Forest Fire Management Victoria Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Gill Metz, said the course is a good mix of classroom and field-based activities to get the recruits up to speed with the demands of the fire ground and the varied role of a firefighter.
“The training covers a wide range of topics including fire behaviour, fire suppression, planned burning, safety and survival techniques,” Gill said.
“It includes hands-on training around a variety of equipment, from water pumps and chainsaws, to the new G-Wagon and Unimog four wheel-drive vehicles.”
“There will also be aviation training, allowing recruits to become familiar with our firefighting aircraft and how to work safely around aircraft in a variety of scenarios.”
“As with every fire season in north east Victoria, this summer will present days of significant bushfire risk and these project firefighters are a welcome and important addition to our firefighting resources.”
“They’ll play an essential role in fighting fires across the region and across the state if required.”
This summer, 125 seasonal project fire fighters will be employed across the north-east region to support permanent fire fighters, and our partner agencies including the CFA, to better protect communities and the environment.
They will be based at work centres including Yarrawonga, Mansfield, Shepparton, Nathalia, Benalla, Wangaratta, Whitfield, Ovens, Bright and Beechworth.
Forest Fire Management Victoria employs more than 600 PFFs across the state each year.