Region 11 Brigades Respond To 35 Grass And Scrub Fires This Summer

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Wednesday, 31 March, 2010


REGION 11 BRIGADES RESPOND TO 35 GRASS AND

SCRUB FIRES THIS SUMMER


Region 11 CFA brigades remain on standby as fire restrictions are lifted.


Region 11 Operations Manager Bryan Russell said brigades had responded to 35 grass

and scrub fires this summer, all of which were brought under control quickly, avoiding

major property damage.


“The number of fires bought under control quickly is a credit to our members and their

dedication to the community,” he said.


“I want to take this opportunity to thank the local community who have worked closely

with CFA this fire season in what is always a true community partnership.” 


“Firefighting is a difficult and arduous task that relies heavily on team work. Fortunately

for us, the partnerships we have with other emergency services and the community

make fire fighting that much easier.”


Mr Russell also highlighted the efforts of brigades in East Gippsland who worked

closely with DSE throughout the summer.


“Brigades that worked with DSE in the Cann River and Mallacoota area did an excellent

job. We share a strong working relationship between the two agencies, which is a credit

to all involved,” he said.


Mr Russell said that as fire restrictions lifted, residents planning to burn off needed to

call 1800 668 511 to register the burn, even if it was small.


“It’s important you register planned burns so brigades aren’t called out unnecessarily

when someone else reports your fire,” he said.


The region has responded to more than 207 incidents across the bushfire season,

including structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, rescues, HAZMAT incidents and false

alarms. 


Chief Officer Russell Rees commended brigades for their hard work throughout the

summer fire season.


“Whether it was bushfires, car accidents or house fires, Region 11 brigades were out

there responding to incidents to keep their community safe,” he said. 

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