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D2 February Operations Report
District 2 Operations Report by OM Mark Gilmore
We have had a number of incidents resulting in near misses and various injuries to firefighters during this busy period. I remind every firefighter that your safety on the fireground should be in the front of your mind when you are planning your actions. Keep your wits about you. Wear your PPC. Don’t trust trees. Clear the drop zone for bombing aircraft. Please be brave enough to speak up at the time if something is not right and make sure we all come home safe.
The LMR Training Calendar for the next 6 months has been sent to all Training Officers. The new format for Crew Leader Training will see it delivered in 2 parts. First Aid training has been scheduled by LMR for 6 months and after that it will be scheduled centrally by OT&V.
The switch to Edition 4 of the Central Map Book has just occurred CAD will now use this map book.
A meeting with Vicroads this month has seen a useful exchange of information about roadside programs. We will be planning some Regional Strategic Breaks in conjunction with Vicroads and Municipalities in the near future. These Strategic Control Lines will look at opportunities for control of large landscape fires and what work should be done by when to give us these areas of advantage.
www.fightfreefebruary.com is a site containing tips to ensure better relationships. Subscribing allows you to receive tips in your email every day to resolve situations which could result in a fight with your family colleagues or really anyone. I encourage all leaders in our district to subscribe to this site and spend some time studying this information.
Fires and incidents
What a busy time it has been.
There have been many bushfires already this season which were going hard on our arrival. All of these have been pulled up by excellent work.
The combination of aggressive Initial Attack backed up by good Command and Control and the rapid dispatch of aircraft has seen many potential disasters averted. In the last few weeks the larger fires have been in the southern part of the District at Bolinda, Lancefield and Kerrie. A video of the Kerrie fire is on you tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAd_3o6tOcw The fuel mix of heavy grass load and Stringy Bark Forest in this area has tested our people who have come up trumps.
To consistently contain fires that are around 20 Ha on our arrival shows that firefighters are applying their skills to a very high standard. We have also spent some time accessing fires in forest that were too steep for bulldozers and our skills with hand tools and hose lays has ensured these were controlled quickly
Well done to each and every one of you!
We request that investigators are activated for all fires in Air Conditioners and Dishwashers. This is important to make sure we identify make and model and identify any recalls required.
Contracts have been signed for construction of 3 new stations at Newham, Lancefield and Marong.
CFA PEOPLE NEWS
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of 2 DSE firefighters killed whilst working at the Harrietville fire. Steven Kadar and Katie Peters were in a vehicle that was struck by a falling tree.