Volunteers undertook their pre-season briefing on Saturday morning to learn about the capabilities and limitations of the aerial firefighting resources contracted by Bushfires NT for the season.
The presentation included firebombing aircraft capabilities, specifications and limitations, dispatch, response and operations, communications and fire ground safety with firebombing aircraft.
Quotes by Executive Director, Bushfires NT, Collene Bremner
“Bushfires NT is as ready as we can be, and now is the time to make sure your property and family is prepared for this Fire Danger Period.”
“Dry Season is always busy for our brigades, and there is no guarantee we will be able to respond to every call. You need to make sure you have a fire management plan and a survival plan in place.
“Make sure fuel loads are at a minimum around your property by clearing away dried grass, dead leaves and branches.
“Maintain a well-cut lawn around your home and install firebreaks that are free from slashed or dead material and don’t have any vegetation more than 50 millimetres high.
“Make sure you have plenty of water and the right equipment to put out a fire, if necessary.
“Importantly, ensure your property is easily identifiable with a street and lot number visible on the front gate. Clearly visible signs are critical to help our firies find your home.
“We also urge the public to report illegal or suspicious activity in their community to police on 131 444 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”