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Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia, Inaugural Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture, August 1996.

Forest Fire Camp Developments - Article Being Developed

B Marsden (bio)

As smoke billows on the horizon and the ‘call to duty’ messages fly its ‘action stations’ for forest firefighters. Through long hot summers crews remain prepared and ready to meet the challenge of stopping a developing inferno before forests are lost, and rural properties face destruction. A fire may run its course for several days, or sometimes for weeks or months. Fire crews and their support staff will need to be fed and provided with sleeping quarters and ablutions facilities, often in some of the most remote parts of the State. This is an account of the many changes that have been introduced in Victoria, over a 50 year period, to provide improved conditions for fire crews at fire base camps. This article also covers the introduction, in about 2000, of the use of containers to provide fire camp facilities.