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South Coast Forestry Corporation firefighters preparing early for fire season

Firefighters from across the South Coast will be put through their paces this week, being trained and tested at Forestry Corporation of NSW’s pre-season fire days in Bodalla State Forest.

Forestry Corporation is bolstering its firefighting capabilities across the state in preparation for the expected hot and dry fire season.

Julian Armstrong, Forestry Corporation Protection Supervisor, said it was important all firefighting staff understood the heightened risks presented by the coming fire season.

“As we approach fire season, we hold fire training days like this to make sure everyone is prepared and ready to respond to an emergency,” Mr Armstrong said.

“This year is unseasonably dry, so we need to be as prepared as we can be for the season ahead.

“It’s essential that land managers and community alike play their part for the fire season—plan ahead, follow the rules and control any fires quickly.”

Forestry Corporation’s pre-season fire days are part of a rigorous training program, which includes training camps for new firefighters and those looking to advance their skills. This year’s training also includes an expanded focus on protecting property during bushfire emergencies.

“Our trained firefighters will be on standby for the fire season, ensuring we can help manage the impact of bushfires, wherever they happen,” Mr Armstrong said.

Forestry Corporation spends the cooler months of the year preparing roads and fire trails, completing hazard reduction burns, upgrading its equipment to reduce the risk of fire and ensuring its crews are well prepared heading into summer.

Forestry Corporation is responsible for preventing and managing fires in two million hectares of state forests across New South Wales. It also assists with large bushfires on private property and other bushland in Australia and also overseas.

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