Training

The Linton fires which tragically killed 5 fire fighters when their truck was caught in a burn over caused by a wind change, brought about a major change in CFA operations. The CFA instituted a new training scheme based on the Australian fire competencies. All members had to retrain to the new common level. No new members could attend a fire until they had achieved a minimum training level of "wild fire firefighter". This has done much to raise the overall level of education of firefighters and has had several spin off effects.

Prior to this each brigade would send out trucks to major fires with a crew exclusively from their own brigade. That truck would then be re-crewed from that station for as long as it was required. This placed enormous load on that brigade and did not make efficient use of available man power. With the new common level of training and competency came the acceptance that crews could be made up from different stations and come together confident in the knowledge that each member of the crew was only there because he or she was qualified for the job and could be relied on to do their job. This has allowed us to maintain sufficient recourses in constant operations for may weeks in the Northeast campaign fires of recent years and to send and maintain large support forces to NSW. The CFA has become a much more professional organization with a uniform approach to training and operations.