Aerial incendiary training 

In early March, KJ rangers from Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji together with KJ staff and staff from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions joined together for training at the ranger station in Millstream National Park. This training was also attended by the Ngurrawaana rangers, Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Shire of Ashburton staff. There were over 20 trainees in the course, with more than half the participants from KJ.

The training was in the use of the incendiary machines and how to work safely around aircraft. This training occurs every year. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions staff organised for a small plane to be brought up for the week from Perth. This allowed an opportunity for everyone to become familiar with how to work around aircraft. Almost everyone went up in the aircraft to see what these small planes can do. 

Each year more people gain the knowledge and skills required to participate in all of KJ’s activities that require aircraft, like small planes and helicopters. It was great to partner with the other organisations to learn new skills. Having a chance to talk about work that everyone does and to see new places makes a week like this very rewarding. Everyone involved thanked the KJ and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions staff who made the training possible.

Thank you also to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for providing the trainers from down south.  A special thanks to the Ngurrawaana rangers who mad everyone feel so welcome and looked after the Martu rangers during our stay.