Industry collaboration at a plantation firefighting course benefits the Great Southern.
15 staff from member companies and their contractors recently participated in a joint firefighting course delivered by DFES and supported by the City of Albany.
WA’s timber industry has a long history of working together on a variety of projects that benefit their local communities. Attendees at the 2018 Albany Show had the chance to learn more about industry in the Great Southern at the combined stand with representatives from across industry, and also witness the industry sponsored and organised log chop. The Great Southern could benefit from industry collaboration again this fire season.
A few days after the show, on November 14th, 15 staff from member companies ABP, APFL, PF Olsen and other contractors attended a joint plantation firefighting course run by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and supported by the City of Albany. The course aimed to increase firefighter’s knowledge of how to deal with a fire within a plantation. Such targeted, specific knowledge greatly benefits fire suppression and control.
The course was popular, with the theory component held at the APFL Office on Down Road and the practical session in a nearby APFL plantation. Course graduates recommended it for all in the plantation sector. Following the success of the course, the City of Albany, DFES and the plantation industry in the Great Southern will be looking to run the course each year.
In case you weren’t aware, all industry personnel rostered for fire suppression are trained to DFES standards. In addition to many individuals volunteering in their local bushfire brigades, companies offer their fire fighting equipment in times of need to fight fires outside of their own plantations.