Torres Strait Regional Authority
“In June 2014, Friendly Fire Ecological Consultants (FFEC) were engaged by the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) to assist in the development of the TSRA Fire Management Policy and Procedures. This document sets the framework for all ecological fire management activities in the Torres Straits to be undertaken by the TSRA Ranger program. FFEC had previously provided specialist basic fire module and Crew Leader training to the TSRA Ranger program.
FFEC provided specialist knowledge in ensuring our fire management policy and procedures were aligned with all of the legislative requirements around fire management activities. FFEC also contributed to the document by producing several key templates such as Burn Management Proposals, Burn Implementation Plans, Post Burn Reports, Risk Registers, and Job Safety Analysis.
I sincerely thank Jackie McLeod for her professionalism and willingness to work closely with TSRA staff to produce a policy document that will serve the TSRA Ecological Burning program well in to the future. Thanks also to Mick Blackman who provided ongoing advice and input to this process. I believe that we are now in a sound position to carry out fire management activities in the Torres Strait to protect and conserve our natural and cultural assets, whilst ensuring the work is undertaken safely and continues to develop the skills of the ranger team.”
Mark Geyle, Project Manager Land, Land and Sea Management Unit, Torres Strait Regional Authority
Mt Isa Airport
“In April 2014, Friendly Fire Ecological Consultants (FFEC) were engaged by Mt Isa Airport Pty Ltd (MIAPL) to conduct hazard reduction prescribed burns airside. Four hundred acres, divided into various sized blocks with fuel loads ranging between 5-10 tons per hectare were targeted with an overall reduction of ground fuels by 85% upon completion of burning activities. MIAPL were extremely impressed with such a positive outcome along with the professionalism, attention to detail, adherence to WPH&S guidelines and friendliness displayed by all FFEC staff. MIAPL will continue to work closely with FFEC for future burning activities within and around the Airport precinct. MIAPL has no hesitation in recommending FFEC to other Airports or major land managers for all of their burning requirements.
To Jackie, Mick and the team, thankyou and well done.”
John Kennedy, Aerodrome Reporting Officer, Mt Isa Airport Pty Ltd.
Olkola Aboriginal Land Managers
Amanda Hogbin, Olkola Aboriginal Land Managers, Cape York.
Kawadji Kanidji Rangers
“We have been burning most of our lives and didn’t understand how important timing, fuel loads, temp. and wind speed were. We really enjoyed the course and we enjoyed getting first hand experience with slip-on units and the rural fire trucks.We enjoyed seeing the footage of dangerous fires and different control methods used by fire-brigades.
The course has given us the confidence to begin burning our traditional lands using land marks and vegetation types to determine the health of the land. We now understand the importance of understory burning for all sorts of management purposes including weed eradication and vegetation manipulation.
This course is probably one of the most important courses we could have done as burning is now going to be one of our highest priorities.
Thank you to Friendly Fire for organising and coordinating this interesting and highly informative course”
Kawadji Kanidji Rangers, Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council
Torres Strait Regional Authority
“In the Torres Strait ecological burning is important to protect the biodiversity, camping places and cultural sites, particularly on the larger more diverse islands. Seven Torres Strait Regional Authority Ranger groups have completed crew member and crew leader training through Friendly Fire. These groups are varied and include:
- The central western cluster (Moa, Badu and Mabuiag)
- The top western cluster (Boigu, Dauan and Saibai)
- One eastern island Erub.
Using Mick Blackman and his team to build our skills and implement the burning outlined in the Community approved Working on Country Plans and the scientific recommendations in the island specific Fire Management Plans has proved to be extremely beneficial. From equipment use and maintenance, planning, mapping, navigation, data capture and reporting to the enjoyment of walking country, sharing knowledge and patch burning to suit conditions with the Traditional Owners.
The remote outer islands of the Torres Strait always present a challenge when coordinating logistics and we can’t control the weather, however due to Mick’s flexibility and experience we have enjoyed successful outcomes each burning season since our partnership started 2011″.
Simon Conaty, Torres Strait Regional Authority (Project Manager Land)