getting ready for the fire season

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My best wishes to those in America who have suffered during the recent fires and especially to the families of the firefighters who died.

We are gearing up for yet another bad summer, it has been the hottest winter on record here including the hottest winter day on record and so far the figures are shaping up for easily the hottest year on record.

Not to get to political but our conservative government just cut $100 million from our wildfire budget so things are not looking good here.

The photos were from a display day to show the various brigades what specialist equipment is available and on call in our region.

We have already used the aerial appliance during a fire in the local timber mill and the field operations / communications vehicle during the wildfires last year.


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Nice series of shots Doug, and it really sucks the budget cuts by the clowns that are in there at the moment...
Can only hope that will change in the next month...

I tip my hat to you guys & gals that do what you do, when everyone is running away, you're running into it...
Really hoping that you have a very, very quiet & safe summer..!!!.
 
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It is interesting

I feel far safer on a tanker with a good crew of friends heading into a fire than sitting round doing nothing wondering what the hell is going on.

We have good crews and good backup.

I suffer anxiety and a degree of PTSD, I am frightened to go into shopping centers, opening letters, filling in forms or paperwork is often just too stressful for me to cope with.

Compared to doing those things for me firefighting is a breeze.

The human mind is a very strange thing :m68:

PS the state conservatives have "Saved Money" by cutting our budget, apparently us volunteers were costing them too much money.

If we get the same cost cutting mentality in federally who knows what will happen. Often what seem short term savings cost far more in the long run.
 
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A few small fires keep our training up and us on our toes so a little work is fine so long as there is no damage done to property.
It is interesting that we are all volunteers and we are based in a cattle and dairy area so many grass fires go through them in summer.

It usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes to put out a small grass fire but we then have to extinguish every last smoking ember

That is every last smoking cow pat

The best way to do this is to get off the tanker and kick the pats apart with your boots

I am still wondering how I actually got to volunteer to be a Sh1T kicker :biggrin:
 

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