The daily radio sched for the Vernon/Arafura regions will cease after Friday 18 December and will then go into wet season mode of every Monday at 0830.
Volunteer bushfire fighters available for deployment interstate during the wet season are asked to contact Batchelor HQ on 8976 0098 to register your interest. Deployments, including travelling were up to 10 days when we went to Victoria 3 years ago, and you need to be physically fit enough to spend long hours on fire grounds in unfamiliar conditions and terrain.
Strike teams generally consist of a Command vehicle with 5 Grass Fire Units, each with a crew of 2. Crews can be one experienced fire fighter and one with less experience, so don't let lack of experience deter you from volunteering. We have SRFCO's and RFCO's with many years experience, local and interstate, to lead the strike teams, which makes one feel that much safer on a strange fire ground.
If you can get away from work or home you will find this to be a very rewarding experience with memories to last a lifetime. Fire fighters who have completed FF1-NT will get the opportunity to put a lot of that training into practice, especially the AIIMS component.
It's a good opportunity to see how Fire Services operate interstate and to work within the AIIMS system on a large scale.
GFU's in good condition and appearance would be required for any southern deployment and Brigades are asked to consider having wet season maintenance carried out in the near future. And why would you want your Brigade's vehicles sent south, you may ask? For a start, it's excellent publicity for your Brigade with your GFU seen in other parts of Australia and on TV, etc. It doesn't matter so much who is crewing the vehicle, the fact that it has your Brigade's name on for the world to see is what really counts.
Secondly, when GFU's returned from Victoria they were repaired, serviced and detailed at Government expense, so you would probably get them back in better condition than when they went.