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Mobile Training visit District 24
Representatives from Bogong Group and Tallangatta Group were introduced to two new training props last month, which are designed to assist brigade members to experience various heat and smoke scenarios including a car fire in an open garage and a fire within a kitchen and lounge room scenario.
The training props were based in the area for two weeks last month and will be shared by brigades and groups across the State.
Bogong and Tallangatta members were briefed over two Sunday sessions that focused on safe use of the props for operational skills and support maintenance.
The timing was also fortuitous for Tallangatta local brigade, who made the most of the opportunity to have the props in their area by using it for a demonstration display at the town’s annual Farm and Water Expo – well received by everyone who attended.
DGO Neil Hillas, who looks after Training & Development for the Bogong Group, said the training props provide volunteers with greatly improved access to realistic, safe and effective operational training opportunities close to their home brigades.
“The mobile training props having a real advantage,” he said. “That we can take training to remote brigades greatly increases our capacity to deliver hot fire training – it supports skills maintenance and crew leader skills in a much more realistic environment.”
Bogong Group Officer Ron Leary said the house training prop which features a kitchen and lounge room will be of tremendous value with training volunteers close to their home brigades and those that have had little experience with structure fire.
“They’re a very good basis for teaching the basics of structural firefighting in that firefighters can practice how to size-up, approach and attack the fire,” he said.
Those brigades that had volunteers with free time and were able to take advantage of the opportunity to do some hot training close to home appreciated the efforts of Terry and the Operational Training & Volunteerism (OT&V) team with this program.
Those that could not make it will be looking forward to an opportunity when these props once again can make their way back to our local area.
The Mobile Training Infrastructure Project stems from the Volunteer Support Package which is a series of Programs that recognize and support the volunteer service delivery model as crucial to the future delivery of fire and emergency services to Victoria.
The two new training props were delivered to District 24’s Bogong and Tallangatta Groups last month for a two week period from CFA’s Operational Training and Development area.