Emergency services gear up ahead of bushfire season

Bushfire - Cameron Neville

IMAGE: Cameron Neville (Guanaba Rural Fire Brigade) SOURCE: Supplied to myGC

APPROXIMATELY 300 Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) volunteers will meet at Flinders View this weekend to brush up on their skills and knowledge before bushfire season strikes.

QFES South Eastern Region Area Director Corey Bock said the bushfire pre-season readiness forum would be an opportunity for various emergency services personnel to come together and refresh their knowledge before the fast-paced and high-stress environment of bushfire season.


“Our personnel will have the most current information available to them during this forum which will be vital leading into our busiest period of the year,” Mr Bock said.

“In addition to the talks throughout the day, all of the latest vehicles across QFES will participate in a vehicle expo outside.

“At the same time there will be many displays in the foyer area of the venue to see the latest in training, Incident Control Centre tools, mapping systems, digital radios, peer support and many more areas of our organisation.”

Topics covered at the forum include a seasonal outlook for bushfire season, the introduction of digital radios in appliances, deployment and training opportunities, disaster management and community messaging.

Specialist advice will be offered to fire wardens and rural fire brigade secretaries and treasurers.

Former Olympic medallist and motivational speaker Dan Collins will also attend the forum to provide encouragement and inspiration to the volunteers.

Mr Bock said the forum will benefit volunteers ranging from rural fire brigade officers to volunteer community educators (VCEs), fire wardens, SES group and unit leaders as well as urban and auxiliary crews.