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Working together to keep coastal communities safe

  • Aaron Ledden, Sally White, Ross Girvan and Peter Hay

FFMVic and CFA staff have been out together to look at high priority planned burn sites on the coast in the South West.

With FFMVic’s autumn burn program starting, it was a great opportunity to get out as a group to inspect some of the key burn sites in the East Division of FFMVic’s West Coast District.

The tour of sites began in Anglesea, took in Aireys Inlet and Big Hill, and ended at Lorne.

FFMVic  burn controllers and sector commanders were able to discuss tactics, operational constraints and resourcing as a group.

For CFA’s Risk Landscape Coordinator Ross Girvan and Planned Burn Resource Coordinator Sally White, it was an excellent chance for discussion around CFA resourcing and the tasks CFA crews were likely to perform at these planned burns.

‘I gained a real appreciation for the scale of the works that have already been completed to prepare for the planned burns’, said Ross.

He believed that this was an important and successful day, with all involved agencies having input and talking through plans on the ground.

‘The level of cooperation between the agencies is excellent. There’s a real feeling of inclusion from FFMVic ‘, he said.

CFA will be sending resources to FFMVic planned burns through the Autumn and local brigades are encouraged to participate. To get involved call Sally White, Planned Burn Resource Coordinator, on 0438 640 507.

If you would like to discuss FFMVic’s planned burn program, call Ross Girvan, Risk Landscape Coordinator, on 0437 250 019.

The new Forest Fire Management Victoria brand covers staff from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and VicForests when undertaking emergency management and planned burning activities.

Last Updated: 15 March 2017