Commissioner visits zone and hears firsthand RFS achievements

by admin on July 22nd, 2018

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Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons was at the South West Slopes Zone Rural Fire Service headquarters in Harden on last Thursday as chairperson of the Bush Fire Coordinating Committee. Picture: File imageRural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons was at the South West Slopes RFS headquarters inHarden last Thursday for a meeting of the Bush Fire Coordinating Committee, hosted by the South West Slopes Zone.
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The committee, chaired by the commissioner,meets on a quarterly basis to discus state-level issues and includes senior representatives from a number of fire fighting and other government agencies.

It is routine to hold meetingsin different locations around the state.

The committee is responsible for planning in relation to fire prevention and coordinated bush firefighting.

It also advises the commissioner on bush fire prevention and mitigation and coordinated bush fire suppression.

The Bush Fire Coordinating Committeeconstitutes Bush Fire Management Committees (BFMCs) for all rural fire districts and areas with significant risk of bush fire.

It also approves Operations Coordination and Bush Fire Risk Management Plans that are prepared by the BFMCs.

Last Thursday’s meetingprovided South West Slopes Zone District Manager Andrew Dillon with an opportunity to address the commissioner directly over achievementsmade in the local zone this past year.

Mr Dillon focussed his presentation on the zone’s quick response to fires, hazard reduction and community engagement programs.

It has been the practice of the South West Slopes Zone to hit fires hard and fast with plenty of resources to ensure they do not get out of hand.

This worked well last summer.

Mr Dillon appreciated the opportunity to address the commissioner.

“I was very happy and impressed to see the Coordinating Committee come to Harden and hold their meeting here,” Mr Dillon said.

Presentations were also made by representatives from the Bland/Temora, Riverina Highlands and Riverina zones.

Following the meeting, Mr Fitzsimmons said Bush Fire Coordinating Committeemembers value their regional meetings.

“Once again, quality presentations from BFMC executive officers from across the local regionprovided great insights into local fire management challenges, programs and initiatives,” Mr Fitzsimmons said.

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