After an early warning of a possible strike team requirement, and a later turnout from acting B1, Mark, TM52 with Greg, Roger and newly appointed FMS firie, Ron, headed in the general direction of Marburg to help combat any of 20 odd fires allegedly lit by an arsonist.
The Warrego higway was closed so Greg weaved through about 5km of stationary traffic to the ICC/Staging Post where we were tasked to join others on the SE front of a valley fire rising from the highway in exactly the same place as one Roger had attended about 3 years ago. We worked successfully with others ahead to contain the periphery and prevent spotovers beyond the ridgeline, in strong winds and 8 degree temperatures – those jumpers are great. Flying embers ignited more dry grass near the track and needed quick action and overnight monitoring.
Good briefing and control, apart from not being advised of a radio chanel change and being out of touch for a while. That’s what phone numbers on T-cards are for.
Many brigades in attendance and we heard some off to more fires as we left for home at 2215 having done a useful job and introduced Ron to the reason for all that training.