Air attack supervisor Warren Buckley, deputy group officer for Warwick Mal Stacey, Warwick Rural Fire Brigades group officer Alan Payne, air observer Wayne Ford and QFRS manager of air operations Inspector Wayne Bates.
Air attack supervisor Warren Buckley, deputy group officer for Warwick Mal Stacey, Warwick Rural Fire Brigades group officer Alan Payne, air observer Wayne Ford and QFRS manager of air operations Inspector Wayne Bates.

Firies in training for hot season

RIGHT now with the pouring rain blanketing our region wildfire is the last thing on our minds.

Our Queensland Fire and Rescue rural members, however, have been out at the Massie Airfields since Sunday gaining new skills for air attack supervision to prevent wildfire hazards.

The trainees had a week of gaining valuable knowledge about coordinating water bombing aircraft for aerial drops and vital skills to apply to all emergency situations.

The rain, a blessing when it comes to reducing the risk of bushfires, was a bit of an issue for them as their final assessments were called off after the damp weather set in yesterday.

QFRS manager of air operations Inspector Wayne Bates said there were eight local personnel being trained to ensure the capability of operations responses across the state.

“The rural personnel went over theory about developing skills and knowledge in the area as well as practical activities incorporating two fixed wing bombers, two fixed wing air attack platforms and one helicopter,” Inspector Bates said.

During the training they had drop zones in Karara and Willowvale Road acting out real life situations which are a reality for this region.

With the plentiful rain we are having this season residents might be overlooking the concern of bushfires.

Although they haven't been causing issues in late spring, like last season, there is still danger.

“When we do get the weather conditions there will be an abundance of fuels because of the rain,” Inspector Bates said.

“Residents need to be prepared, the QFRS are always preparing for any response required.”

There will still be a bit of rain this week before slowly breaking down leading into the weekend of mostly fine conditions.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Gordon Banks said there was a chance of a few showers today but from Saturday onwards it will be mostly fine.

“The rain will start clearing from the west this morning, it will still be a bit unstable during the day and late afternoon,” Mr Banks said.

The temperatures for the next few days are still below average in the low 20s and the low teens for overnight.


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