Preparations for the fire season at CFA’s State Logistics Centre are well underway as Victorians are urged to start their own preparations this Fire Action Week.
Describing the CFA State Logistics Centre as a vital cog in CFA’s bushfire response, CFA Acting Chief Officer Garry Cook said it was ready for a new fire season after more than doubling its capacity from 3200m2 to 8000m2.
“During last year’s unprecedented bushfire season, the State Logistic Centre’s workload increased early with CFA’s deployment to interstate fires, and was then sustained throughout the prolonged fires across Victoria’s North East and East Gippsland.
Eighty-five per cent of the equipment and resources used by CFA’s firefighters is supplied by the State Logistics Centre, which carries 1900 line items, with sufficient reserves of inventory to meet the demands of a major event through the use of technology and deliberate, planned high inventory levels.
Between 1 November 2019 and 31 March 2020, it shipped out more than 187,000 litres of water and 185,000 sachets of Hydrate powder, the replenishment of PPC, being about 4,400 items of Wildfire Personal Protective Clothing, 5,700 pairs of wildfire gloves, 2,000 pairs of boots, 1,300 wildfire helmets, 6,300 goggles, 40,000 litres of foam concentrate and 1700 hoses that would reach from Melbourne CBD to Wallan if rolled out in a single line, plus nearly 83,000 P2 firefighting masks with an additional small request for 450,000 community masks distributed on behalf of the federal government
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, it has also stocked and distributed more than half a million hygiene masks, 11,000 P2 masks, 124,000 pairs of disposable gloves, 4,100 litres of hand sanitiser, and close to 12,000 coveralls, for CFA use only. That’s in addition to 100,000 masks and gloves combined, with close to 8,000 litres of sanitiser managed and warehoused on behalf of Emergency Management Victoria.
“We’re stocked up and ready to go. This is just one way that CFA is prepared for the bushfire season. We’re also conducting safety training and pre-season briefings to make sure we’re at the top of our game,” Mr Cook said.
Mr Cook said Fire Action Week was a time for Victorians to prepare and take stock of what they need to do to stay safe this fire season.
“CFA and its partner agencies are prepared for the bushfire season – but we also rely on the community to do its part to stay safe.
“Victorians share the responsibility of bushfire safety and now is the time to prepare your properties and talk to your loved ones about how to stay safe this fire season.”