Firefighters put to the test with large-scale bushfire scenario on the Gold Coast

AROUND 150 firefighters will be put to the test this weekend in a bushfire season preparedness exercise that will mimic a large-scale bushfire scenario.

This weekend, Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) brigades around Scenic Rim, Gold Coast and Logan regions will come together to conduct hazard reduction burns in up to 100 hectares of land in varied terrain to test their bushfire fighting capabilities.

RFSQ South Eastern Region Acting Area Training and Support Officer Matt Harris said it was crucial to provide volunteers with the opportunity to put their individual training to the test in a coordinated complex event.


“Live burn activities are planned to prepare crews for the upcoming fire season, while mitigating wildfire risk by reducing fuel in the area,” he said.

“In addition, crews will respond to simulations of other emergencies, exposing responders some of the carryover effects of large-scale fire outbreaks.

There will be a number of trucks visible around Tamborine Mountain, Birnam, and Beaudesert areas throughout the exercise from Friday, 8 August to Sunday, 10 August.

A number of aircraft are scheduled to participate in water bombing and observation flights as well and may do so at low altitude.

Gold Coast residents may notice smoke in the area as well as appliances and aircraft, but should not be alarmed.