Jacquie Petrusma,Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management
This weekend the Tasmania Fire Service is undertaking a training program for our career and volunteer remote area firefighters to ensure that they are upskilled and ready for the upcoming Bushfire Season.
Remote Area Firefighters are trained to fight fires in remote and inaccessible environments that are not accessible by fire appliances.
The firefighters will take part in training of remote area safety systems, bushfire fighting and how to use specialist firefighting equipment like firefighting pumps and hoses.
This Government introduced the Volunteer Remote Area Firefighting Program in 2018, and has provided $2.3 million to support the TFS with management, training and equipment to develop its volunteer and career remote firefighting capability. By the end of October this year, we will have in excess of 140 trained remote area firefighters.
The Tasmanian Liberal Government is taking action to keep Tasmanians safe, and we will continue to invest to ensure bushfire safety and prevention.