News from the Alps

 

News from the Alps #66 – The Fire Stories Edition – May 2020

Welcome to a special post 2019/20 bushfire season edition of News from the Alps #66. In this edition, staff share and reflect on their experiences of one of the most protracted and intense bushfire seasons across the nation that any of us have witnessed, closely followed by a world viral pandemic .

These stories highlight the diversity of critical roles and functions that Alps National Parks agency staff perform in bushfire and other incidents. The preparation, response and ongoing recovery. These efforts often go unknown within the broader community: the media images of walls of flame, firefighters on hoses and water bombing aircraft don’t show that there is much more going on behind the scenes.

Alps #66 The Fire StoriesWhether it be staff on the front line as firefighters with a hose, rake-hoe or drip torch in hand; remote area and vehicle based firefighters; Incident management team specialists in control, operations, planning or logistics, air operations;  heavy plant and equipment;  weather and fire behaviour specialists; or wildlife experts protecting threatened species and their habitats or admin support staff, as well as the parks  ‘business as usual staff’ that try to keep the parks and reserves functioning day to day. Then the months and years of recovery work, they are all critical to the longer term outcome.

Our thanks go out to all the other fire and emergency service and support agencies, there staff and the thousands of volunteers, adjoining property owners and local community members who pulled together at a time of national crisis in an effort to protect life, property and the unique values of the Australian Alps. Our thoughts also go to those who were terribly impacted, that  lost their lives or loved ones, property and to everyone who has been affected. We are all on the long road to recovery together.

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