Chifley (Bathurst) Section 44

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Beginning on Sunday 22nd until Thursday 26th October 2006 a large Bush/Grass fire was underway in the Chifley Zone of the NSW Rural Fire Service. The fire Burned out approx 1800 hectares in the Eglinton area.

The Cumberland Zone assisted with 1 strike team, 3 Communications members and 1 FCO for this time.

Our Communications Deputies Peter Hyett, Troy Green & Member Ross Child attended Chifely Rural Fire Zone on a 72hr commitment, to assist with communications for a fire which had been declared a Section 44 under the Rural Fires Act 1997.(For more information on what a Section 44 is,Click HERE)

They left Cumberland at approx 1800hrs and arrived at Chifely Fire Control Centre at approx 2130hrs and after receiving a briefing and their accommodation, were tasked to commence shift at 0600hrs Monday morning.

Monday morning the crews were briefed again with Peter & Ross to be doing air ops communications at Bathurst Airport & Troy to be the operations room supervisor assisted by 2 communications members from Baulkham Hills. By 0700 the crews were well underway with their taskings.

Day 1 & day 3 Troy & his comms crew were at the Chifley Fire Control Centre assisting with Communications, Logistics, Planning & Operations.

Day 2 seen Troy and his comms crew out in the field at the staging area, working out of the Chifley FCV assisting the DIVCOM with location & Tasking of appliances, Situation Reports, and various other roles as required throughout the day.

Peter & Ross were located at the Bathurst Airport assisting with Communications, Tasking & Logistical Requirements for a range of aircraft including:

Firebird 258 (Helicopter)
Firebird 260 (Helicopter)
Helitak 270 (Water Bombing Helicopter)
Helitak 271 (Water Bombing Helicopter)
Helitak 272 (Water Bombing Helicopter)

Chifley RFZ were also assisted by other Rural Fire Service communication crews from Baulkham Hills, Burke, Sutherland & Cowra.

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