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State conference discusses burning issues

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No.6 A bushfire can be upon you before you know it

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AUGUST 2015 | David Claridge

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LESSONS LEARNED from serious fires and advancements in firefighting technology were some of the topics discussed at the annual state fire conference held at the Country Club Casino recently.

Around 360 career and volunteer firefighters and staff as well as Tas Police, Tas Ambulance, and SES attended the conference.

Minister for Police and Emergency Management Rene Hidding provided the opening address for the conference.

“This is a great opportunity for the Tas Fire Service to bring together the operational arms all together as part of a family to talk through what the Tas Fire Service is doing.”

TFS Group Officer for the Western Tiers Errol Gleeson was also available to answer questions.

“I came to keep up with the latest information,” he said. “The new bushfire protection plans I thought were the most interesting.”

Mr Gleeson also spoke about the fire risk for the region: “It has been quiet, but, the potential is there for big fires but touch wood it has been good.”

“We do a lot of work with the public to do pre-planning of incidents, particularly in the vegetation areas.”