Major Rural Fire Service training exercise

TRAINING IS KEY: Training exercises, like this weekend's event, help keep the brigade in top shape in case of emergency. PHOTO: File Image.

TRAINING IS KEY: Training exercises, like this weekend's event, help keep the brigade in top shape in case of emergency. PHOTO: File Image.

THERE is no cause for alarm this Sturday if you see alot of Rural Fire Service vehicles driving around with their lights on in Sunny Corner State Forest at Yetholme.

The Chifley/Lithgow RFS is hosting its Biennial major training exercise.

It is a large event with 43 firefighting appliances in action with almost 200 volunteer firefighters and 50 support personnel out and about, Chifley/Lithgow RFS Inspector Mick Holland said.

It wont just be local crews attending the exercise Mr Holland said.

There will be RFS crews from the Lithgow, Bathurst and Oberon team along with firefighters from the Blue Mountains, Canabolas, Illawarra and Mid North Coast regions.

“It is a biennial event as it is too big to do it every year,’ Mr Holland said.

It is a good opportunity Mr Holland said for crews to give equipment a test and for firefighters to  refresh training and skills before the fire season starts on October 1. 

While the crews will be busy training together in the state forest, he did mention it was also a social occasion where crews could network together in preparation for what lays ahead for the Chifley/Lithgow RFS region over the fire season.

Wet conditions at the moment will give them a reprieve from fighting any bushfires in the near future.

But it is not there only role the RFS does Mr Holland said with many activities taking place on the day for RFS crews to train on including car fires and new equipment trialling.

The exercise will take place between 7am and 5pm.

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