Country Fire Service holds media accreditation training in Port Augusta ahead of bushfire season

TRAINED: Country Fire Service Media and Communications Unit staff officer Brett Williamson with Region 4 Regional Commander Sindy McCourt.
TRAINED: Country Fire Service Media and Communications Unit staff officer Brett Williamson with Region 4 Regional Commander Sindy McCourt.

The Country Fire Service (CFS) held a media accreditation training session in Port Augusta on September 16.

With bushfire season fast approaching, the session provided the media with the skills and knowledge to make safe decisions when reporting in a bushfire zone.

CFS Region 4 Regional Commander Sindy McCourt said the main aim with the training is to ensure the media are kept safe in a potentially dangerous situation.

"There are lots of intrinsic, hazardous situation that the media probably aren't aware of," she said.

"This is an opportunity to upskill you to understand where you can go, why you can go there and what support you need to get in there.

"The take home message is it's all about keeping all journalists safe and giving you the best advantage to get into the fire ground if you follow our directions."

Ms McCourt encourages communities to start preparing for bushfire season now.

"I think that probably one of the take home things for communities is about being prepared, getting ready for the bushfire season, updating their plan and making sure they clear vegetation from around their homes," she said.

"Just being ready for a bushfire season, because we don't know what the weather is going to bring and what we are likely to experience throughout the fire season."

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