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Ngadju learn how to fight fires fast

[July 2014]

Twelve Norseman-based Ngadju people attended a bush fire training workshop last month to assist them to manage and prevent fires when on country.

Ngadju Conservation in conjunction with Gondwana Link and Rangelands NRM arranged a two day bush fire training workshop in Norseman, hosted by Mr Macca Johnston, Area Officer, Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Shire of Dundas.

The two day program included an introduction to fire behaviour, use of equipment, a small mosaic burn to further protect the Norseman town site and the formal establishment of the Dundas Rural Fire Brigade under the Shire of Dundas.

“As the inaugural training for the Dundas Rural Bush Fire Brigade, I am thrilled with the attendance of twelve Ngadju and their interest in fire management,” Mr Johnston said.

The quality of interaction between us all over the two days was quite exceptional.

Ngadju Conservation Coordinator Les Schultz said he was very pleased that the fire program was now underway.

“Fire mitigation and prevention is the key element in managing country with traditional knowledge and modern fire management working together,” Mr Schultz said.

“It is also especially exciting that the inaugural Rural Bush Fire Brigade includes five women,” he said.

The training workshop included the election of David Graham as Captain and James Schultz as Lieutenant. David is employed through the Gondwana Link Fighting Fires Fast project, joint funded by Rangelands NRM, Gondwana Link and Pew Charitable Trusts.

Establishment of the Brigade is an initiative of the Malleefowl, Invasive Weed and Conservation Action Planning project that followed the Ngadju Kala (Fire) Report undertaken by Dr Suzanne Prober from CSIRO.

Gondwana Link’s Woodlands Program Manager, Peter Price expressed delight with the success of the training and thanks to David Graham for organising local support. He also acknowledged and appreciated the attendance of Jane Bradley from Rangelands NRM and Mike Rose from the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Image: Participants at the workshop (©Peter Price)