COVID measures hampering bushfire preparation

CFA District 23 training session limits impacting active members
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FIRE READY: Acting assistant chief fire officer Rod Railton said despite the challenges of COVID, firefighters will be ready for this year’s bushfire season. PHOTO: Kieren Tilly

AS firefighters prepare for the region’s upcoming bushfire season, restrictions due to the pandemic have been making it difficult for training to take place compared to previous years.

The severity of this year’s fire season is predicted to be far less than last year, as winter rains and a wetter than normal spring is expected, according to the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.

The risk of campaign bushfires throughout Victoria’s east has also reduced.

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