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NSW firefighters put through pre season training

Firefighters from across Central West and Western NSW have been put through their paces this week, being trained and tested at Forestry Corporation of NSW’s pre-season fire days in Parkes. Source: Timberbiz

The training is part of a wider program to bolstering the organisation’s firefighting capabilities across the state ahead of the coming fire season.

Forestry Corporation is responsible for preventing and managing fires in two million hectares of state forests across New South Wales. It also assists with large bushfires on private property, other bushland and also overseas.

Andrew O’Brien, Forestry Corporation’s Western Senior Manager, said it was important all firefighting staff understood the heightened risks presented by the coming fire season.

“As we approach fire season, we hold fire training days like this to make sure everyone is prepared and ready to respond to an emergency,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We are getting in early to be as prepared as we can be for the season ahead.

“It’s essential that land managers and community alike play their part for the fire season —plan ahead, follow the rules and control any fires quickly.”

Forestry Corporation’s pre-season fire days are part of a rigorous training program, which includes training camps for new firefighters and those looking to advance their skills.

“Our trained firefighters will be on standby for the fire season, ensuring we can help manage the impact of bushfires, wherever they happen,” Mr O’Brien said.