Staff from the Northern Rivers region of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be doing training this weekend to prepare for bushfire season.
Staff from the Northern Rivers region of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be doing training this weekend to prepare for bushfire season. Contributed

National Parks and Wildlife Service training this weekend

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service staff from the Northern Rivers region will be going undertaking training for bushfire season this weekend to prepare them for providing on-ground support for remote fire-fighting.

70 members of the local team have already completed this training, with five more to joining their ranks tomorrow when they go under the hammer at Lismore airport.

A NPWS Rapid Aerial Response Team (RART) has been established on the north coast and RART's NPWS North Coast Region co-ordinator Tony Prior said crews had already been called to three fires in the region since the beginning of the fire season.

"The RART program is an initiative in which crews are activated during high fire danger periods when there is the potential for new fires, especially those caused by lightning or suspected arson in remote locations," Mr Prior said.

"The NPWS helicopter can winch crews in and out of remote park sites where fires are burning."

The RART Program is funded as part of the NSW Government's $106 million response to the Victoria 2009 Bushfire Royal Commission, with NPWS receiving $62 million over five years for the program.



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