Ready to fire
CLARENCE Valley rural firefighters will put to the test today.
Rural Fire Service, Clarence Valley Zone, operations officer James Clark said 35 Rural Fire Service (RFS) firefighters would take part in the sixth RFS Region North Exercise at Glen Innes until Monday.
Mr Clark said the volunteer firefighters would take part in different scenarios.
The crews will be tested in a number situations including train and car accidents, house fires, aircraft safety and fallen power lines.
"It is purely a training exercise," he said.
"It gives crews an opportunity to hone their skills and learn new skills."
Mr Clark said the exercises were aimed to ensure RFS crews were prepared in case of large-scale emergencies.
He said they were hard work but a lot of fun.
Southampton and Trenyar fire brigades would also compete in a heat which, if they win, will allow them to attend the RFS State Championships in September.
Fire crews from Trenyar, Southampton, Glenugie, Glenreagh, Coutts Crossing and Brooms Head will attend with their fire trucks.
Members from Mt Ramornie and Grafton will merge with other crews for the exercise.