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D14 4x4 course a great success
Over the weekend of 4/5 May, District 14 ran the practical session of its drive vehicles offroad course at the State Training Centre at Fiskville, through the Brisbane Ranges and in state forest land at Kinglake West.
Fourteen volunteers from brigades including Caroline Springs, Diamond Creek, Mernda, Plenty, Point Cook, Acheron, Eltham, North Warrandyte and Craigieburn took part in the sessions over the 2 days.
Day one started at Fiskville where course participants were taken through the Fiskville Lakes 4x4 course, where a number of hazards were presented to overcome. These included cross slopes, steep ascents, mud, rock, sand and water hazards.
Each of the drivers were put through their paces early in navigating the course, and drove a number of vehicles throughout the morning.
Those in attendance were also treated to a close up look at the new Iveco Heavy Tanker which will form part of the new CFA fleet.
The afternoon took the group out into the Brisbane Ranges where they navigated a number of Class 4 roads with decomposing granite surfaces. These roads are statistically where most CFA vehicle accidents occur, so gaining an understanding of how vehicles handle in these conditions was very useful to all.
Sunday saw members gather at Kinglake West prior to heading out into the state forest and pine plantation areas, this time with the participants in 3.4C or 2.4D Tankers.
The terrain was very challenging with overgrown tracks and tight corners, steep tracks and deep mud holes to be negotiated.
Participants were provided with a demonstration of the use of recovery equipment for large vehicles and also a practical application of removal of the rear tyre of one of the vehicles after a log became lodged between the wheels of one of the tankers.
A thank you to all who attended, to the course instructor and coordinator Lindsay McHugh and to the other staff and volunteers who kept all on the course fed during the weekend with a special mention to those at Kinglake West who provided lunch on Sunday.