Rookie firefighters have been training in the lead-up to the summer fire season.
Forest Fire Management Victoria’s assistant chief Fire Officer Gill Metz said the general firefighter course at Beechworth covered a wide range of topics including fire behaviour, fire suppression, planned burning, safety and survival techniques.
‘‘The course is a good mix of classroom and field based activities to get our recruits up to speed with the demands of the fireground and the varied role of a firefighter,’’ Ms Metz said.
Ms Metz said Forest Fire Management Victoria was looking for people who were keen to join the course.
‘‘We are looking for people who can stay calm under pressure and work well in a team,’’ she said.
She said participants would work alongside permanent staff to undertake fire protection work and respond to bushfires.
Forest Fire Management Victoria will have more than 130 project firefighters on standby at Hume Region depots including Beechworth, Benalla, Ovens, Mansfield, Alexandra, Marysville, Mitta Valley, Tallangatta, Corryong, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Broadford, Kinglake, Toolangi, Nathalia and Whitfield.
For more information, visit http://delwp.vic.gov. au/ffmvic