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Strathbogie Catchment Exercise
Last Sunday 27th October, brigades from all around the Strathbogie Catchment gathered at the Nagambie Regatta Centre to run through some pre season exercises and listen to some informative information prior to the upcoming fire season. Operations Officer Tony Owen worked closely with all the Group Management Teams to ensure the day ran smoothly and everyone enjoyed all the scenarios and a great feed and were home in a timely manner.
The day started at 9.00am and in all 16 of the 26 brigades were strongly represented with many other brigades still busy with Hay season. The day started on time and there were 4 scenarios set up and brigades were mixed together to ensure they had a chance to get to know new members.
Wangaratta Training Ground provided the Gas Fire prop and 2 PAD Operators, Operations Officer led a structure fire briefing and then the Tabilk Group Management Team along with Fire Investigator Phil Hawkey briefed crews on what to look out for when attending a suspicious fire and a reminder on the importance of SMEACS and LACES and the new Radio Reflash.
The Shepparton Station also provided their Heavy Hazmat and new Aerial Appliance and Station Staff Rob Puise, Zak Francis and Rod Railton gave crews an informative briefing on Hazardous Materials and how the new vehciles will enhance not just Shepparton but the whole districts capacity to respond. It was great to hear so many crews comment on the great opportunity to get some very informative knowledge from the staff at Shepparton and to see the Staff and Volunteers working so well together.
The Violet Town Group Management Team then took crews through a car accident scenario and a power pole scenario as so many members tend to stand back in a power pole situation.
Over a very well received lunch provided by local members utilising the Distrct 22 Catering trailer to cook a BBQ, crews then had a chance to look over the new Cobram Heavy Tanker and the new Brigade owned light tanker as well as Nagambies Ultra Light. Cobram Captain Adrian Hilder and some of his members did a fantastic job bringing their vehicles down and showing people the latest in some of CFA's fire fighting fleet.
Crews departed about 1300hrs for home. It was great to see the rapport between staff, volunteers and to be supported from outside the Catchment by Cobram and Shepparton Station made it a very successful pre season exercise..