CFA’s Nillumbik 2nd Deputy Group Officer, John Cowan, assisted to write the exercise which he said was an opportunity for those who had just undertaken sector command training to put their skills to the test.
“As the exercise was run in a round-robin style, the participants had the opportunity to experience establishing, operating and managing a sector two to three times around,” he said.
“I think it’s extremely important to put into practice what you have learnt and what you talk about and as we’ve just had a number of members complete training in the role of Sector Commander, we really wanted to focus on sector command and strike team management.”
DGO Cowan said the exercise was managed from the Kangaroo Ground Incident Control Centre as a simulated Level 3 ICC and a mobile Divisional Command Centre was set-up at St Andrews Hall. Four sectors were then established in the Christmas Hills, St Andrews and Smiths Gully areas.
“The exercise was a brilliant success and I think valuable training for all involved, particularly heading into the summer fire season,” DGO Cowan said.
He added it was great to share the experience with Texas University Professor Amiso George who attended on the day as part of a book she’s writing in crisis communications.