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Statewide Exercise Tests Tasmania's Bushfire Readiness

About 240 people took part, testing operational technology, logistics, planning and aircraft safety. Fire officers also tried out the state's new air-compressed foam truck while dummy fire incidents were run online. Tasmania's bushfire inquiry found that emergency management plans were not ready in January. It found http://finance.cw30.com/inergize.kucw/news/read/25347725/ there was confusion between police and the fire service about who was in charge. Co-operation between the two agencies was an important message from the weekend exercise. Tasmania's Fire Chief Mike Brown said it provided a good opportunity to improve preparedness. "It's a good chance for us to practise that with the other organisations we work with," he said. "We also have land management agencies and the police involved so that we've got a good opportunity now to practise some of these things and to explain the way we operate amongst a bigger group across the organisation." While Mr Brown has questioned the inquiry's findings that computer modelling was not relied upon on January 4th, he acknowledges it's importance will continue to grow." "I would have confidence that in a visit here few years time we can rely on modelling a lot more to help us inform warnings." As part of the exercise the fire service also trialled a new system of issuing warnings and community information.
Full story: http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/20095727/statewide-exercise-tests-tasmanias-bushfire-readiness/

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