HOT WORK: Rural firefighters in training.
HOT WORK: Rural firefighters in training. Tom Threadingham

Firies get ready for big season

NORMALLY called in to extinguish fires, a sea of yellow overalls from across the region converged in Prenzlau to start them on the weekend.

As part of the South Western Division training exercise, about 114 volunteer rural and auxiliary firefighters, with 37 appliances in tow, filled the grounds around the Prenzlau Rural Fire Brigade base on Saturday.

Firefighters representing Ipswich, Laidley, Gatton and Esk were among the mass gathering which was conducted in preparations for the impending fire season.

QFRS area training and support officer Kaye Healing said firefighters participated in a number of training activities and scenarios including wildfire response, protecting structures, dealing with hazardous materials and car accidents.

"Its extremely important. It gives firefighters the opportunity to test their capacity under controlled conditions, so they are ready for the fire season," Ms Healing said.

She said the day trained new and experienced firefighters.

"It's training firefighters who have joined in the last 12 months, through specific training using real fire,"Ms Healing said.

"And it's a good opportunity to get close to fire and see how it behaves," she said.

"It's not only training new members, but also testing the skills of the experienced firefighters too."

In anticipation of the fire season Ms Healing encouraged land owners to start preparing now.


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