Photo: Sarah Luke, Gippsland Times
Around 20 firefighters from across District 10 in Gippsland cracked open two of CFA’s hot fire mobile training props last weekend to complete their structure fire training as new brigade members.
The mobile training props gave firefighters a chance to work together in a controlled environment to extinguish a complex structure fire with electrical and gas works, and a vehicle fire.
The two props were positioned at Brennan Park in Sale on Saturday and Sunday, where the two CFA training sessions took place.
CFA District 10 Coordinator of Learning and Development Andrew Shaw said the mobile training props are an important resource for volunteer firefighters across the state to use as part of their progression and development.
“The firefighters run through the drills that they’re taught, and then work together within the outlined safety procedures to either extinguish or contain the fire,” he said.
“These exercises on Saturday were tailored for new members that have joined their brigades within the last 12 to 18 months.
“It’s a fantastic tool to educate our members and enhance their firefighting skills within a controlled-training environment, so they are equipped to use these skills when responding to real incidents.”
Each training prop scenario required three firefighters in the roles of branch operator, branch operating assistant and a pump operator and they rotated through during the day.
Firefighters were then assessed on their ability to perform in each role.
Andrew said a trained facilitator controls the behaviour of the fire inside the mobile props, challenging the firefighters to apply what they have learned during theory training.
“CFA ensure we are providing skills maintenance sessions quite regularly,” he said.
“These training props enhance the delivery of our training to our firefighters and give them a real sense of the variety of fires they’re going to encounter when responding to incidents.”
- Photo: Sarah Luke, Gippsland Times
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