THE first 14 Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Parks Victoria project fire-fighters have started work in the Grampians region.
The department’s acting Grampians regional land and fire manager, Hamish Webb, said the initial intake comprised people with previous experience, so they could get straight to work on planned burn preparation, slashing and track clearing.
“All of the 86 seasonal project fire-fighters for the Grampians region will be operational by mid-December and will be a mix of returning and new fire-fighters,” he said.
“Project fire-fighters work alongside permanent staff to undertake fire protection work and respond to bushfires.
“Of course, once the weather warms up, the project fire-fighters will play an essential role in fighting fires across the region, and across the state if required.
Project fire-fighters in the Grampians will be based at department and Parks Victoria work centres, including Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh, Beaufort, Daylesford, Macedon, Serendip, Horsham, Edenhope, Cavendish, Halls Gap and Wail.
The department and Parks Victoria employ about 600 project fire-fighters across the state each year.