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Keeping thermal imaging skills hot
Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) operation can appear simple, but a wide range of possible applications and the need for skilled interpretation and use of these highly sophisticated devices means that operators need regular use to maintain skills learned in training.
Operational use provides significant skills maintenance but because of the many applications for TIC use training provides the chance to 'fill the gaps' and keep operators skills current in all aspects.
Kyneton Group brigades, through CFA, purchased a Drager UCF-9000 in 2012 with support from neighboring brigade Lancefield. A number of operators have been trained and recently a Skills Maintenance Session was held at Malmsbury Fire Station to review policy and use and to practice skills.
Kyneton and Malmsbury brigades organised the session with members attending from Lancefield, Malmsbury, Kyneton and Tylden brigades. Drills conducted included Hazmat, bushfire and general applications.
The session was deemed successful by participants and operators look forward to meeting locally and at CFA Training College Huntly Campus on a regular basis for skills maintenance and development.