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41 minutes ago

Richard Boys

Today marks my last day as Captain at Wollondibby Rural Fire Brigade as I'm relocating to the South Coast.
I was asked by then Captain Mark "Smiley" Dobbs RIP to join him in getting the brigade up and running again and increase members..that was about 20 years ago. With the passing of Smiley I was elected Captain and for the last 18 years I have enjoyed every minute.
There have been numerous people over the years that have helped me whithout hesitation, from the early days of Snowy River RFS Barry Atchison, Lenny Thompson , Kerrie Evens Davey Scarlett and Steve Knowles .
To todays Snowy Monaro RFS of Fred Nichols Kerrie Evens and the rest of the team.
I wish all Brigades the best for the future and I know everyone will assist acting Captain Tom Phillips as you all have with me over the years.

Richard Boys
Captain
Wollondibby
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Advise
There will be two Agricultural burns conducted today 21/02/18
One will be at the 4mile, Pine Valley 8klm west of Cooma and one at Boloco 10 Klm west of Dalgety
Large smoke plumes may be seen from both burns.
If you see smoke In other areas please ring 000
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4 days ago

Monaro Team Rural Fire Service

Express your Interest to be a Sponsored Delegate and attend RFSA Conference 2018 from 6 - 8 July. With the theme 'Protect and Connect' the focus is on the vital role members play in protecting and connecting themselves, each other, and their local communities. To express interest: bit.ly/2GbECkS. More conference details at: www.rfsaconference.org.au ... See MoreSee Less

Advise
Please be aware, the large column of smoke approximately 8 Klm west of Nimmitabel is coming from a Agricultural Burn where the property owner is preparing paddocks for crop planting.
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Daniel King

The fire danger rating for the Monaro today, 14th of February, is VERY HIGH.

ALL PERMITS ARE SUSPENDED

Neighboring us, ACT Rural Fire Service, Riverina Highlands RFS, and NSW Rural Fire Service - Lake George Zone have TOTAL FIRE BANS, while Far South Coast joins us at VERY HIGH.

So wherever you are today, remain vigilant, and report any fire without a fire truck present to 000 immediately.
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The fire danger rating for the Monaro today, 14th of February, is VERY HIGH. 

ALL PERMITS ARE SUSPENDED 

Neighboring us, ACT Rural Fire Service, Riverina Highlands RFS, and NSW Rural Fire Service - Lake George Zone have TOTAL FIRE BANS, while Far South Coast joins us at VERY HIGH. 

So wherever you are today, remain vigilant, and report any fire without a fire truck present to 000 immediately.

Wednesday 14/02/18
Fire Danger Rating is VERY HIGH.

ALL PERMITS SUSPENDED

Temperatures across the Monaro will be around 35 degrees, coupled with low relative humidity and Strong winds up to 55kph.

These conditions are forecast to continue for the next couple of days.

We encourage everyone to reconsider the need to perform any hot works (general-purpose grinding, welding, soldering, gas cutting)
Mowing/slashing should be put off until conditions ease later in the week.

If you see a fire without a fire truck, please call 000 immediately.
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A permit burn will be taking place in the Numbla Vale area this afternoon on 2 properties, approximately 30km South East of Jindabyne.

Please only call 000 if you can see an unattended fire.
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Smelling smoke?

An agricultural burn is occurring in the vicinity of Maffra Road, south of Cooma.

This burn is causing a lot of smoke to settle around the area as far north as Billilingra.

Please only call 000 if you can see an unattended fire. A severe weather warning has been issued for areas around Adaminaby, Cooma, and Bredbo. Lightening strikes can cause new ignitions that may smolder in trees for days before becoming visible.

We urge land holders to inspect their properties in the days after any thunderstorms.
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We have been advised by the land holder that rain has fallen over the burn area, and further burning will be postponed until later tonight or tomorrow morning depending on conditions. Smoke will still be present for a few hours.

Daniel King this will be it.

Caroline Walker

Bianca Scott

Samantha Harvey

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Just one spark can start a fire.

Hot works such as welding can start fires.
On hot days you should consider delaying works until the conditions ease, and keep a means of extinguishing a fire near by.

On a Total Fire Ban day, general-purpose welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting works can not be carried out in the open.
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Just one spark can start a fire. 

Hot works such as welding can start fires.
On hot days you should consider delaying works until the conditions ease, and keep a means of extinguishing a fire near by.

On a Total Fire Ban day, general-purpose welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting works can not be carried out in the open.

To Monaro members:

Expressions of interest for the ARDUOUS FIREFIGHTER PROGRAMME Open for all members that meet the pre requisites listed below.

Background:

The NSW Rural Fire Service has increasingly been requested to provide a bushfire fighting capability interstate and internationally. Often in these instances, hosting states or agencies have a requirement for firefighting and incident management personnel to meet medical and fitness standards. Primarily the global ‘industry standard’ fitness test for wildland firefighting is the Arduous Pack Test (APT). The APT has been undertaken in the NSW RFS as a barrier test for internationally deployed personnel and Remote Area Operators (RAFT) who are required to undertake this annually.

Arduous Firefighter Pre-Requisites:

To obtain or maintain status as ‘Arduous Firefighters’ NSW RFS personnel will require the following pre-requisite as a minimum:

• AF Qualification
Or
• Wild Fire Behaviour, Navigation and Crew Safety and Welfare (New AF modules)

It is strongly recommended that interested members with previous versions of Advanced Firefighter i.e AF03 or AF11 complete AF14 as there has been many changes to the Advanced Firefighter qualification. Members without existing AF qualification will need to complete AF14.

Additionally Arduous Firefighters will need to maintain a current Arduous Firefighter Medical and Arduous Pack Test as stipulated in the Service Standard for Health and Fitness of Firefighters.
Successful applicants will be placed on the Arduous Firefighter Operational Deployment Register, from which they will be available for out of area deployment including interstate and/or internationally.

Timeline for Arduous Firefighter Programme:

• EOI opens February
• EOI Closes March 31st
• AF14 modules completed as per Monaro 2018 Training Calendar (April/May/June)
• Medicals Completed July/August. (please note medicals are completed every 2 years)
• Arduous Pack Test Completed as per Monaro 2018 Training Calendar (26th September) Please note arduous pack tests completed annually.
• Successful applicants added to Arduous Firefighter Operational Deployment Register, October.

For further information or to obtain an expression of interest nomination form, please contact your local fire control centre.
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