New Equipment For Planned Burn Operations

New Equipment For Planned Burn Operations

Victoria Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith

New Burn Mix Trailers To Assist Planned Burning Operations Across Victoria

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith has announced that 45 new burn mix trailers will be built and distributed by the Department of Sustainability and Environment for use in planned burning operations across Victoria.

“The new trailers worth $540,000 will provide additional assistance to the Department of Sustainability and Environment’s planned burns program.” Mr. Smith said.

“The Department of Sustainability and Environment has already built 15 of the new units and they are now ready for use in planned burning operations across Victoria.”

The trailers are the first to be developed under a new standard governing all trailer types. All older trailers will be inspected to ensure they also meet the new standard.

“These trailers are all built by Victorian trailer manufacturers and then fitted out by Department of Sustainability and Environment staff at Altona.” Mr. Smith said.

“It is anticipated that all 45 burn mix trailers will be finished, delivered and ready for use by the end of October.”

Each burn mix trailer consists of 10 drip torches, 2 x 200 litre drums, jerry cans, a spill kit, toolbox, bonding cable and a hand pump allowing crews to decant and mix the diesel petrol solution used in planned burning.

The drip torch is an essential part of planned burning and is the main tool used for the safe lighting of large areas. It allows the operator to directly manage how much bush is lit depending on the conditions.

“The Coalition Government is committed to helping Victoria better prepare against the threat of bushfire.” Mr. Smith said.

“We are committed to implementing the 67 recommendations of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, including increasing planned burning across the state.”

“In 2010-11 more than 188,000  ha of planned burning was completed. This is the largest program completed in more than 20 years. These new trailers will assist us with the planned burns program.”

The Department of Sustainability and Environment’s planned burn program is the use of planned fire to protect life, property and the environment by reducing fuel levels and maintaining the health of plants and animals.