Bush fire training in Rylstone

RFS: Brigade Captain Noel Taylor and Mudgee Senior Deputy Captain Keegan Midson showing training participants how to operate the Category 1 heavy tankers.

RFS: Brigade Captain Noel Taylor and Mudgee Senior Deputy Captain Keegan Midson showing training participants how to operate the Category 1 heavy tankers.

The Rylstone Rural Fire Service Brigade held a successful training and barbecue night in December with crews from Olinda, Two Mile, Bogee, Clandulla Rylstone and Mudgee attending as well as members from the Cudgegong RFS District Fire Control in Mudgee.

Forty firefighters participated in radio operations, mapping exercises and water drafting techniques.

The highlight of the night was a demonstration of the new Mudgee Category 6 Tanker which carries a massive 9,000 litres of water and can fight fires with its remote-control water canon in addition to serving as a refill point for smaller tankers.

Training exercises such as this help ensure that RFS volunteers from multiple brigades are able to work together smoothly and are familiar with the range of equipment and procedures.