Half a century in the hottest seat

by dpadmin on 19th October 2015

Waimea Rural Fire Authority Operations Manager Doug Ashford counts himself lucky for having started in fire management in the 1960s. Plenty of areas were being burnt of then, and while that wasn’t good for the environment, it provided a fantastic training ground for learning about how fire behaves.

“It’s so important that people get used to the noise, heat and smoke that come with fires when they’re training,” says Doug. “They’ve got to be able to keep a cool head in really difficult conditions and that’s something you can’t get from watching videos or reading accounts of fires. You’ve got to have the theory and the practical experience working together.”

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