Crews prepare for air attack

CFA airbase manager Jo Thompson and her daughters Scarlett and Kaley at an aviation training day.

Essential aviation training for Colac district emergency service personnel has prepared firefighters for potential fires over summer.

More than 50 people from Forest Fire Management Victoria, the Country Fire Authority and other emergency response agencies attended the annual training day at Colac’s airfield at Irrewarra.

The day aimed to refresh emergency responders’ aviation knowledge and give them the opportunity to practise their aerial skills, while learning about aircraft and airbase management.

A 3000-litre air tanker took off and landed throughout the day to allow firefighters to practice loading water into the aircraft and ground-to-air communication.

Crews also used aerial supervision and tactical aircraft.

FFMVic emergency response aircraft officer Sandra Robinson said the training day was also an opportunity to celebrate the growing number of women involved in aviation in the Colac and district area.

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