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Ballarat ICC Exercise for bushfire
It’s getting closer to the fire season, and in CFA’s Grampians region, operational preparations are well underway.
This week, CFA and DSE conducted a Level 3 Incident Control Centre (ICC) Exercise at DSE’s facility in Sebastopol.
The Exercise called ‘Phoenix Parsons’ was based around a notional bushfire in the Castlemaine district of Central Victoria, and had been previously tried and tested at the ICC in Bendigo.
District 15 Operations Manager and acting Grampians Regional Commander, Geoffrey Gray was an observer at the Exercise and says it was a good test of our joint CFA and DSE command and control facilities prior to the start of the fire season. “The more we train together the better. I want to congratulate acting Operations Manager Alfred Mason and Regional IMT Capability Coordinator Leanne Blenkiron for the great job they did in planning and coordinating the CFA side of the Exercise.” Alfred was the Incident Controller for the day shift of the Exercise and Operations Officer; Ross Anderson acted as Incident Controller for the evening shift
Fiskville staff also played a major role in providing equipment to assist running the Exercise and computer simulation specialist, Aaron Stockton from the Incident Management Team Training Project provided the Vector Command system that programs a simulation of a bushfire scenario.
The simulator is designed to effectively test and exercise the processes within an Incident Management Team (IMT). Vector can replicate radio messages, phone calls, faxes and other various communications that can flow into an Incident Control Centre.