Firefighters preparing for bushfire season

At least 120 firefighters are scheduled to undergo intensive training as the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service gears up for the coming bushfire season.

Firefighters would be required to complete physical fitness tests as well as fire equipment and navigation exercises as part of preparations for the rigours of the bushfire season, North Coast region manager Alan Jeffery said.

All remote firefighting crews would also be trained in heli-winching, allowing them to respond quickly to fires in rugged and isolated locations across the region.

"All NPWS staff involved in remote firefighting not able to be supported directly by vehicles are trained in helicopter operations safety," he said.

The NPWS is expected to next month begin control exercises to reduce the threat of fires in the region.

"These important firefighting skills need to be updated to maintain the high level of skills required to safely perform firefighting roles in remote locations.

"This training is essential due to the rugged terrain where many of the fire crews are deployed," he said.



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