Yes. It’s true. By the time a fire truck responds then issues its’ first report of the situation – ‘wordback’ or ‘sitrep’ to VicFire (the CFA radio control centre) several critical minutes have already passed.
This is then passed to the CFA district via radio in which the fire is occurring, who then send it to CFA HQ (Burwoord East)* who send it to their media department, who send it to the ABC and other media.
By the time that’s all done, it is too late.
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Below is a complete list of all CFA, DEWLP and aviation aircraft operating in Victoria.
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