EMV’s Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) team has hit the ground running in 2019, providing crucial training for its volunteers, supervising the building of five new emergency vessels, and creating a new alert, dispatch, and communications system in conjunction with Victoria Police.
Mild conditions across Victoria this week is assisting firefighters to gain the upper hand on three main fires at Thomson Jordan Divide Road, Timbarra and Walhalla however the fires are expected to burn for some time.
As a fire develops, having the skills and systems to predict its path and potential impacts is critical for decision making. Victoria’s Fire Behaviour Analysts (FBANs) are a group of highly trained and sought after multi agency personnel who provide this information.
This week marks ten years since the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. While it is widely known as ‘Black Saturday’, we know that 374 people died in the heatwaves leading up to it, and there were fires across Victoria beyond that one tragic day of 7 February.