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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #75 on: August 19, 2018, 08:46:46 PM »
Some 25+ fires in the Clarence Valley this evening alone,
Countless more around NSW & QLD.
The wind is picking up.
Our thoughts are with the RFS volunteers and others fighting these fires.
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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #76 on: August 19, 2018, 09:03:23 PM »
And it is snowing atm at Glenn Innes, 100 klm away.
Go figure.

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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #77 on: August 19, 2018, 10:01:53 PM »
And it is snowing atm at Glenn Innes, 100 klm away.
Go figure.

And blowing 40km/h+ winds (gusts 75km/h+) all day today another 100km south in Armidale...

Snowing/sleet in Uralla as well... think it had an effort here, but it's warm inside so I didn't go out to see.

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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #78 on: August 20, 2018, 08:02:16 AM »
They really need to work on getting some new and younger members in the doors too. I'm a member of 2 brigades, one isn't too bad as we can muster crews that are are in their 20's and 30's, but the other one I'm the 3rd youngest member.... at 48.

I was chatting (socially not professionally! ;D) to a psychologist / counsellor I know a couple of years ago. She was saying that she'd just been at a conference where subject of volunteering came up. The general opinion is that most modern young people (Gen X / Y / Millenials) aren't interested in volunteering to do stuff like this, so it's entirely possible that the next 20 years or so will see groups like SES, Rural Firies, Marine Rescue & so on basically disappear as their active members age out :'(
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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #79 on: August 20, 2018, 09:41:32 AM »
I was chatting (socially not professionally! ;D) to a psychologist / counsellor I know a couple of years ago. She was saying that she'd just been at a conference where subject of volunteering came up. The general opinion is that most modern young people (Gen X / Y / Millenials) aren't interested in volunteering to do stuff like this, so it's entirely possible that the next 20 years or so will see groups like SES, Rural Firies, Marine Rescue & so on basically disappear as their active members age out :'(

I'm not sure that the "aren't interested" bit is quite true - I think there are barriers to enabling them to become involved including time constraints, concerns about not being able to give enough and the distances they are commuting for work. For me the challenge was the uncertainty of how long I was going to be in one place for - was it worth the organisations time to train me if there was some uncertainty as to how long I was going to stay in one place. In fact, had I started when I first moved here in 2013, I'd have done 5 years now... but I wasn't to know how long I was here for.

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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #80 on: August 20, 2018, 12:49:34 PM »
We had one a bit close to us. All out now though.
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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #81 on: August 20, 2018, 01:18:40 PM »
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I'm not sure that the "aren't interested" bit is quite true - I think there are barriers to enabling them to become involved including time constraints, concerns about not being able to give enough and the distances they are commuting for work
There is quite an investment in time required these days in basic training and on going training.. Also depending on what sort of station your involved with. Ours was 'Village Protection'...

It all changed and got serious around the early 90s which was required, but did turn a lot of people off.
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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #82 on: August 20, 2018, 05:19:55 PM »
It depends on the brigade and the larger organization too. Most are happy to get someone and many people move between brigades as work moves them around the state/country.

Both NSW and QLD have a fair bit of theory and OH&S stuff to do online.

In Qld it was a weekend of theory and practical training, a few nights consolidation at the brigade and an assessment day got you all signed up as a Basic Firefighter.

In NSW the training is at brigade level and it all depends on how dedicated the brigade is to getting you trained up. Took me almost a year to get signed up as the guy that held the position of crew trainer wasn't exactly proactive.

Once you have the basic qual, then its as little or as much time as you have to spare, A couple of hours a fortnight for maintenance and available for callout on weekends. The more bodies they have to call on, the less pressure on the others to be always available.

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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #84 on: October 26, 2019, 09:22:46 PM »
One year in the future someone will re-introduce Control Hazard reduction Burns and wonder why it hasn't been done for years. 
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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #85 on: October 26, 2019, 09:31:21 PM »
One year in the future someone will re-introduce Control Hazard reduction Burns and wonder why it hasn't been done for years.
not if red tape and the greens have their hand in it....
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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #86 on: October 27, 2019, 07:36:21 AM »
It hasn't got any better :(
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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #87 on: October 27, 2019, 08:05:35 AM »
It hasn't got any better :(
I'm at woolgoolga, could smell a bit of smoke yesterday when that small belt of rain come through, otherwise nothing, not like a few weeks ago. Could do with a good down pour

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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #88 on: October 27, 2019, 08:59:30 AM »
I'm at woolgoolga, could smell a bit of smoke yesterday when that small belt of rain come through, otherwise nothing, not like a few weeks ago. Could do with a good down pour

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Yesterday wasn't too bad, the couple of days prior was pretty smokey from the Bees Nest and surrounding fires.  After the front went through yesterday afternoon, a surprising number of fires started up around the area.  Didn't seem to be much lightning thunder with it for the fires to start from lightning strikes, maybe some other form of ignition was my thought.  I think the storm front yesterday also brought a fair bit of dust in as well from out west.   
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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #89 on: October 30, 2019, 10:09:27 AM »
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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #90 on: October 30, 2019, 02:25:26 PM »
We really need some good rain about now.
Cars covered in ash this morning here in woolgoolga

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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #91 on: October 30, 2019, 02:46:06 PM »
We've had a blanket of smoke a couple of days a week for about the last month - all depends on wind direction; one way it'll be smoke, the other it's dust...

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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #92 on: October 30, 2019, 05:48:20 PM »
Sounding busy round Port areas....

https://www.theleader.com.au/story/6465188/sydney-faces-smoke-haze-from-nsw-fire/?cs=1507


Just checked in with my Dad who is at Port M and close to Lake Cathie, not looking good up there at the moment

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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #93 on: October 30, 2019, 06:50:21 PM »
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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #94 on: November 08, 2019, 04:06:18 PM »
Parts of the Pacific Highway are closed, while residents are being evacuated in parts of Port Macquarie
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EMERGENCY WARNING: Riches Av, Woodford (Blue Mountains LGA)
The fire is burning south of the Great Western Hwy, in the Woodford area. If you are in the area around Leumeah Road, Park Road, Mona Road and Riches Avenue, seek shelter as the fire approaches. #nswrfs #nswfires #alert

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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #95 on: November 08, 2019, 04:27:25 PM »
One year in the future someone will re-introduce Control Hazard reduction Burns and wonder why it hasn't been done for years.

Oh Please!!! As if that would work  >:(

Oh hang on, my apologies.  :-[ It does, and used to and you're right, it should be done again.
Really if a few snakes and lizards lose their home for a short time, they just move on and come back when ready.

Now what is this common sense thing you appear to be using?  ;D
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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #96 on: November 08, 2019, 09:22:34 PM »
Some 25+ fires in the Clarence Valley this evening alone,
Countless more around NSW & QLD.
The wind is picking up.
Our thoughts are with the RFS volunteers and others fighting these fires.
Thank you for your effort.




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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #97 on: November 08, 2019, 11:18:46 PM »
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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #98 on: November 09, 2019, 06:47:07 AM »
We have fires north of Noosa where I use to help Control burn in winter when in the BFB  for over 30 years, shore we had the odd fire but nothing like now, when forestry and locals did a great job control burning in winter, now great tracks of land is run buy NPs who do not control burn every year or two and people who want to live in the bush with it right up to thee houses, My heart goes out to everyone but mainly to the poor bastards that have to try and put it out, Craig
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Re: NSW Fires
« Reply #99 on: November 09, 2019, 07:14:01 AM »
EMERGENCY WARNING: Liberation Trail (Clarence Valley LGA)
The fire has burnt through the area of Nymboida, and is burning towards the area of Coutts Crossing. If you are in the area of Coutts Crossing and you are not prepared, leave now towards Grafton. #nswrfs #nswfires #alert
Heard this morning the Nymboida canoe centre and Coaching Station have been destroyed.
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