More than 50 senior brigade members from around the south west region came together in the Shire of Murray yesterday for a pre-season get together and briefing.
The event had directed discussions and importantly, the opportunity for members of neighbouring Local Governments to meet and build personal relationships that are invaluable when everyone comes together under emergency conditions.
Some of the specific topics covered at the Pinjarra Football Club included:
- Season weather synopsis
- Position, Area, Fuel, Time of control, Administration, Communication and command, Surface weather conditions/safety (PAFTACS)
- CBFCO’s shared some of the biggest risks within their local government areas
- Air Support flew an air attack supervisor helicopter in for attendees to have a look over the new aircraft and shared important information about their service
- Media information
- Road closures
- Bushfire mitigation
It was noted and appreciated that a key message shared by DFES senior staff was that the agency’s role was not to take over, but to support the highly experienced and skilled local volunteers.
Many found the formal information shared of value and the chance to catch up informally with colleagues before what is predicted to be a challenging fire season was very useful.