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While many of the recent Victorian bushfires have been controlled, some continue to pose a threat to communities in regional areas.
VicForests has had many staff and contractors assisting in fire suppression efforts across the state, including the Grampians, Frenchman's Creek/Matlock and the East Gippsland fires. Many of whom are still currently deployed.
Our staff have been undertaking a variety of tasks from on ground suppression roles such as division and sector commanders, crew leaders, crew members to Incident Management Team roles coordinating resources and analysing fire behaviour. VicForests' staff and contractors' skills and experience in machinery management in a forest environment are highly sought after.
More than half of VicForests staff hold fire suppression accreditation and are on hand to assist crews as required.
We contribute our skilled staff and contractor resources to wildfire suppression as a member of the Networked Emergency Organisation (NEO).
The NEO is led of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and supported by Parks Victoria (PV), Melbourne Water (MW) and VicForests. The NEO provides over 2,500 full time staff for fire roles and about 700 seasonal Project Fire-fighters during summer months.
Our thoughts and well wishes are with the communities affected and those who continue to work to suppress these fires.
For more information on fires currently burning in Victoria, go to the DEPI or CFA websites.
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