Crews prepare for fire season

Aircraft officer Michelle Anstee, aircraft officer Dianne Moore, air-base manager Jo Thompson, air observer Rhianna Burns, pilot Amy Miller and aircraft officer Sandra Robinson were part of a multi-agency aviation training day at Colac airfield, which aimed to prepare emergency personnel for the region’s fire season.

Emergency service helicopters and planes landed at Colac’s airfield for a multi-agency training day to prepare emergency personnel for the region’s fire season.

The Barwon South West Aviation Training Day at Irrewarra included aircraft training, familiarisation and safety awareness procedures for 100 of the region’s emergency response crew including pilots, air observers, air-base support staff, air-attack supervisors and aircraft water loaders.

Representatives from Forest Fire Management Victoria agencies including Parks Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, as well as members from the Country Fire Authority attended the day.

Aircraft including Coulson helicopters the Firebird 322 and Helitack 349, the Hems 4 ambulance helicopter, a Microflite helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft were present for the training day.

Forest Fire Management Victoria emergency response aircraft officer Sandra Robinson said the annual training day gave accredited staff the opportunity to refresh their knowledge and test communication procedures and equipment.

“The training day is about preparing our accredited aviation crew for the season ahead,” Ms Robinson said.

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