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The future of mobile training props
CFA currently has three training props deployed in group areas more than an hour from a training ground.
The domestic residence, small industry and car props have already travelled to relatively remote areas such as Corryong, Edenhope, Casterton and Merbein for month-long stays.
Groups choose the sites which have so far ranged from showgrounds and football ovals to airports and saleyards. The site must be flat with eight-metre clearance around the prop and access for fire trucks.
Each prop is fired up by two 45 kilogram cylinders of LPG. To give some indication of use, the prop at Mallacoota used 12 cylinders during the month’s training.
“Brigades love them and train over multiple nights,” said Mobile Infrastructure Prop Coordinator Terry Prentice. “We can’t keep up with the demand so we’re buying seven more to be deployed by early 2015. We’re also planning an electrical safety prop with solar panels, switchboards and transformers.”
If you’d like a mobile training prop in your group area, an expression-of-interest form is available at cfaonline.vic.gov.au