Five Air Attack Supervisors from Forest Fire Management Victoria have been re-accredited after multiple agencies worked together to deliver training in the Latrobe Valley. The training was part of Victorian emergency services’ preparation for the peak bushfire season.
Air Attack Supervisors are responsible for the safe, efficient and effective tactical coordination and direction of firebombing aircraft operating at an incident. They sit in either a support helicopter or light plane and provide directions to the pilots of firebombing aircraft on where to drop their load of water or retardant so it is most effective in suppressing the fire. The Air Attack Supervisors will also help helicopter pilots locate suitable water sources near the fire.
Whether in the air or refuelling on the ground, CFA (Country Fire Authority), Fire Rescue Victoria and Forest Fire Management Victoria crews worked closely together to make sure the training went smoothly.