Jigalong ranger, Errol Samson, learning from trainer Julian about how to install the frame into the helicopter

Jigalong ranger, Errol Samson, learning from trainer Julian about how to install the frame into the helicopter

Aerial incendiary training in Alice Springs

CLC Fire Officer, Ben Kaethner, showing Punmu ranger, Shaun Tinker, how to operate the R3 incendiary machine

CLC Fire Officer, Ben Kaethner, showing Punmu ranger, Shaun Tinker, how to operate the R3 incendiary machine

KJ rangers Errol Samson, Neil Lane and Shaun Tinker recently traveled to Alice Springs with Sarah Watson and Waru man (Gareth Catt) to participate in training on working safely around aircraft and aerial incendiary burning. This training was organised and hosted by the Central Land Council (CLC), with other rangers from Ngaanyatjarra lands and several CLC groups attending, as well as a Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) ranger from Simpson’s Gap.

Trainer Allisdair showing the rangers how the capsules work in the incendiary machine

Trainer Allisdair showing the rangers how the capsules work in the incendiary machine

The training was delivered by Risk Response and Rescue, with lots of help from the CLC fire officers and a bushfires scientist from PWC NT, Grant Allan.

Rangers were shown how to install and operate the incendiary machine. They also went through the process of dealing with emergencies in the helicopter, and how to communicate with the pilot when working with a chopper. Hopefully, there will be more of this training soon so that every team has trained rangers for aerial burning.

Thanks to the Central Land Council, Bushfires NT and PWCNT for hosting the KJ rangers. It was a great to meet everyone and talk with other ranger groups about how they do their waru (fire) work.

 

Safety filmS

Shown during the training week were the helicopter safety and fire safety videos that KJ produced last year. Everybody thought that these videos were very helpful in explaining safety ideas to rangers and traditional owners. The subtitles worked well for most people as not everyone speaks Martu wangka language). To watch these videos visit click here.

Rangers and staff involved in the training

Rangers and staff involved in the training