A FULL scale CFA training exercise at Mount Martha on Sunday (7 November) will give firefighting crews practice at communicating and working with firefighting aircraft, measuring fuel loads and inspecting vegetation types, fine-tuning firefighting tactics and strategies and setting up command-and-control structures.
The simulated firefight in Hearn Road will involve 20 CFA fire brigades from across the Mornington Peninsula, 30 firefighting vehicles, support vehicles, firefighting aircraft and about 150 personnel.
“These large-scale training exercises are vital in ensuring our members and brigades are experienced and proficient in responding to fires and events in our local communities and continuing to provide the professional and dedicated service that our community trusts,” Western Port group officer David Breadmore said.
The CFA – which has permission to use the land for training – wants the public to stay away on the day. Signs will be placed at all entry points advising of the CFA activities.
“The ability to pre-plan and train for a fire event in Mount Martha benefits the local community and communities across the peninsula,” Lieutenant Breadmore said.