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Firefighters tackle hot issues

INSTEAD of arriving with lights and sirens, about 360 uniformed firefighters put their pagers on silent and spent time on Saturday listening instead of tackling a dangerous fire.
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The firefighters had gathered at Country Club Tasmania for the annual state fire conference.

Police and Emergency Management Minister Rene Hidding provided the opening speech.

‘‘This is a great opportunity for the Tasmanian fire service to bring together the operational arm, the volunteer and the career firefighters.’’ Mr Hidding said.

‘‘They, as part of a family, can talk through what the TFS is doing.

‘‘The fire service with the volunteer and career firefighters in together is a unique arrangement in Australia.’’

TFS chief officer Mike Brown led the event in what will be his last conference as the chief.

‘‘We’ve been running these conferences for a long time, it is a golden opportunity to get together and talk about what our experiences have been for the past 12 months and what changes are coming,’’ Mr Brown said.

‘‘It’s good to have people together and I think they enjoy the networking, the new technology and trucks we’re building.

‘‘I’m going to be sad about leaving in many ways, you’ve got to look forward to it though and be positive about it. It doesn’t happen forever.’’

The Dunalley fire in 2013 has had a significant impact on how the fire service operates.

Fire risk in Tasmania is going to be reduced with the fuel reduction program and new technology in air operations.

Tasmania Fire Service chief officer Mike Brown addresses the annual state conference at Country Club Tasmania. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

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