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CFA burn camps: learning by doing

  • Dom Uljanic CFA VMO for D. 15 instructing CFA volunteers at the Adekate Burn Camp in April 2016
  • CFA Volunteers at the Cape Otway Burn Camp in March 2016.
  • CFA Instructor briefing participants at Quambatook Burn Camp April 2016

Planned burning reduces bushfire risk by increasing the likelihood of suppression and reducing radiant heat and ember impacts on assets.

It is a high-risk activity that requires qualified and experienced personnel to conduct. Theory is not much use without the practical component. This is where CFA Burn Training Camps come in. It provides opportunities for CFA members to learn by doing.

Burn Camps provide CFA volunteers and Operational staff with an opportunity to enhance or acquire new skills required to conduct planned burns.

CFA Burn Camps expose volunteers to live fire in a controlled learning environment; where mentoring and coaching can occur. At the camps, volunteers gain vital experience in aspects of introducing fire to the land under controlled conditions. The experience gained also has direct benefits in building skills for fire response and suppression.

Burn Camps are variable in duration and designed to run over a number of days and include weekends, in order to encourage volunteer participation.  

A CFA Burn Camp is led by a team of experienced mentors and instructors.

Attendees may nominate which days and how many days they wish to attend.

Burn Camps are fully catered and offer shared accommodation in cabins or bunk houses. There is no cost to participants. Special dietary requirements can be catered for.

Burn Camp can be in hilly and sometimes difficult terrain. Participants must be fit and prepared to spend much of their day in the field.

CFA Burn Camps are planned to run at the following locations in autumn 2017.

CFA South East Region

CFA District 08

Mornington Peninsula: 30 March – 3 April 2017

Contact: VMO Gareth George on 0409 872 100

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CFA North East Region

CFA District 24

Shelley: 8 – 12 April 2017

Contact: VMO Phil Hawkey on 0438 383 131 or

VMO Phil Browne on 0428 302 027

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CFA North West Region

CFA District 02

Monegeetta (Near Riddells Creek): 7 – 9 April 2017

Contact: VMO Charles Grech on 0400 741 329

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CFA West Region

CFA District 17

Little Desert: 16 – 18 June 2017

Nominations close Friday 12 May 2017

Contact VMO Ian Morrison 0407 864 493

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CFA District 15

Dean (near Ballarat), Pax Hill Scout Camp: 7 – 9 April 2017

Nominations close 24 March 2017

Contact VMO Tony Brady on 0400 573 943 or Kay Richardson on 0418 573 772

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For further information contact your local CFA Vegetation Management Officer.

For more information on planned burning visit:

http://cfaonline.cfa.vic.gov.au/mycfa/Show?pageId=plannedBurning and http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/planned-burns/ 

Last Updated: 23 March 2017