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CFS aircraft training in Kersbrook Native Forest

12/11/2013

The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) advises that an aviation training exercise is taking place on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 November around the Kersbrook Native Forest and that residents in surrounding areas should not be alarmed by the presence of aircraft.

CFS Manager State Aviation Operations David Pearce said this annual exercise is an important part of the pre-season aircrew skills maintenance training program.

"The training is designed to give CFS air operations personnel from around South Australia a practical exercise in the control and coordination of firebombing aircraft," Mr Pearce said.

"Air operations personnel will also be refining their skills in the aerial mapping of fires and ground to air communication."

The CFS advises that there will be aircraft present around the Kersbrook Native Forest on the eastern side of Basnett Road, around Vixens Gully on Wednesday and Thursday.

"The community should not be concerned by the presence of aerial firefighting and surveillance aircraft operating around the Kersbrook Native Forest and neighbouring areas," Mr Pearce said.

The exercise on Wednesday will commence at 10:00am and continue until 4.45pm, and on Thursday will commence at 9.00am until 4.15pm.

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