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Photos of DSE rappel crews

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By: Leith Hillard

Category: Operational Information

  11.11 AM 1 March, 2013

Location: General

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DSE rappel crews have played a significant role this fire season with their ability to reach fire in isolated locations.

The crews rappel down ropes from a hovering helicopter. Their gear is dropped alongside, enabling them to put out hot spots and build control lines by removing fuels using rakehoes.

DSE rappel crew team leader Tony Grey said two teams of seven rappellers have worked on the Harrietville fire.

“Most days we have rappelled in to hard-to-reach spots,” he said. “We also spent a number of hours building a helipad at Diamantina River for the helicopters to drop crews in.

“The helipad was built by clearing away vegetation and tree branches so even the largest of the helicopters can land. The helipad has been used by over 100 crews so far.”

Thanks to DSE for the photographs

Last Updated: 01 March 2013