NORTH East Victoria is in for another tough fire season, according to CFA firefighters.
CFA District 23 operations officer Ashley Mills said the weather had so far confirmed their expectations for the season ahead.
“There has been a lot of rain which has led to a lot of growth,” he said.
“The warm weather and strong winds will lead to an interesting season.”
He said as the rain lessened and ground dried, the community needed to be vigilant and take action.
“Grass fires run fast and they become difficult to catch,” he said.
“Communities need to maintain awareness of the fire risk.”
New fire trucks were delivered to Wangaratta, Killawarra and Tarrawingee fire brigades yesterday to lift their readiness for the season.
Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy presented firefighters with keys and said he was confident the CFA would do everything it could to counter the fire danger.
Mr Mills said the trucks, valued at $335,000, improved the CFA’s capacity to respond to a fire call.
“We are able to better serve the community by bringing another fire truck into service,” Mr Mills said.
Mr McCurdy said he was pleased to support volunteer organisations.
“We rely on these organisations,” he said.
“I hope they don’t have to use the new truck too much but it looks like it will be another tough fire season so it is a good investment that will look after our firefighters.”
Mr McCurdy said the new tankers would begin service immediately.
“They have the resources and the time to learn how to operate them before the season,” he said.
Goorambat and Benalla CFA units also received tankers with the keys handed over by the Member for Benalla, Bill Sykes.