Wednesday, November 5, 2014

2014 Open Day and Field Day Competition

On 26 October the ACT Rural Fire Service held its annual Open Day at the Hume Helibase alongside the Volunteer Brigades Association Field Day.

The Open Day provided an opportunity for the community to engage with fire safety messages at the start of the season while the Field Day put ACT and NSW teams to the test with a series of challenging exercises. The Michelago team from NSW RFS were the stand out team on the day. 

Know your fire danger ratings
Helitak 273 was available for a hands on demonstration
ACT Fire and Rescue as well as ACT Policing got into the spirit
The burn table demonstrated the benefits of a well prepared home
The burn table also demonstrated the risks of not preparing for fire season
A couple of squirts from the spray bottle demonstrates help from an RFS tanker
One of the many community engagement stands at the Helibase
Amongst the displays was a look back at the history of firefighting in the ACT

One of the Field Day teams during the Medium unit event

A captain from NSW RFS guides his crew through the slalom

Another crew takes part in a combined First Aid and Navigation exercise

Bullex were on hand to help the RFS demonstrate some live firefighting

A crew simulates an approach to a venting LPG tank

An ACT Parks and Conservation crew takes part in the Heavy Tanker event
A great turn out by NSW RFS at this years Open Day

Thanks to Emma Van Der Moezel for the photos!

Monday, June 23, 2014

New recruits show some skill - Uriarra Hazard Reduction

On Sunday 22 June 2014 the newest batch of ACT Rural Fire Service fire fighters were put to the test as they conducted a hazard reduction burn under the watchful eye of ACT RFS assessors. Great job by all the new recruits who go back to their brigades as qualified fire fighters.

The burn was also used to reduce a fuel hazard in the area and for ecological reasons. 

The 'newbies' before the burn

Inspecting something interesting?

After the burn, 'newbies' no more