Preparedness activities for this year’s fire season are well underway, with Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) staff undertaking Fire Preparedness days recently.
Staff have been involved in Fire Preparedness Days in Hobart, Launceston and Ulverstone , which involved a medical assessment, pack hike test and presentations on the upcoming fire season and will continue to be involved in preparedness activities over the next few weeks.
Aaron Ward led the break-out session looking at the safety features of the new slip-on unit being trialed this season
The PWS staff involved in fire management include fire management staff, fire crews, field staff and incident management teams that assist with firefighting each season.
Staff warm up ahead of the Pack Hike test
Deputy Secretary for Parks and Wildlife Service Jason Jacobi said all possible steps are being taken to ensure the PWS maintain capability to respond to fire on the three million hectares of reserve land the service manages.
“Staff in field centres are checking all of their equipment and PPE to ensure we are fully prepared for the fire season,” Mr Jacobi said.
“This follows on from the intensive training of two PWS firefighting crews in earlier this year to winch into remote areas to tackle fires.
“We know how easily fire can spread, so ensuring staff are prepared and ready to respond quickly and safely is the number one priority.”
Acting Regional Manager North Linda Overend welcomes participants to the Fire Preparedness Day in Campbell Town
The PWS also works closely with its program partners Tasmania Fire Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania on delivery of the Statewide Fuel Reduction Program.
PWS also works with key fire authorities - the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) and Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) to respond to large bushfires.
Large, complex fire incidents are managed by Incident Management Teams in accordance with the nationally recognised Australasian Inter-service Incident Management System.
PWS is responsible for more than 50 per cent of the state’s land area.
To keep up with the latest alerts page for any relevant closures or safety information when planning a visit to a park or reserve, check out the PWS website’s alerts page.
Kathy Shadbolt and John Duggan keep time on the finish line as Rhys Wilson celebrates crossing it