Firefighters ready for hot summer

THE smoke billowing off Emu Park Road at Nerimbera yesterday was not a grass fire, but nearly 60 rural firefighters control burning in training for the coming summer.

The challenge was not about getting the fire out but keeping it going, Trevor Caunt, third officer in Nerimbera Fire Brigade said.

Last week's rain made firetraining conditions difficult, but there was still a lot to be gained from the exercise, he said.

Recent rain aside, the lack of rain during the last wet season has heightened the belief the area may be in for a fiery summer.

The 29 fire brigades involved in the training, taking in Nerimbera and Keppel, freshened up their personal safety skills and tried out new equipment.

Yesterday's training was first in a series of fire-management courses.



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