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The drum : the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services magazine



The drum : the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services magazine


Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services


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20 | The DRUM Magazine | August 2009 The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service (NTFRS) held a desktop training exercise in May, as a way of introducing their new Incident Management Plan. The exercise, held at the Marrara Fire Station, started at 8:30 am and ran throughout the day as Fire and Rescue members fought tirelessly to contain the enormous imaginary blaze that began near the Arnhem Highway. It then continued to spread rapidly in a North West direction, narrowly avoiding homes and property as it travelled across Pioneer Road. The aim of the exercise was to put systems in place to allow for better planning and incident control in the event of a large scale fire and how those in the emergency operation centre can work with those on the frontline and other first response officers. Hazard Reduction Officer Patrick Skewes said that as part of the exercise, the NTFRS worked closely with local property owners and other agencies to contain and extinguish the blaze. Imagine If... The second in a series of intelligence courses were held at the Peter McAulay Centre in May. Officers from the Victorian Police State Intelligence Training Unit have been in Darwin delivering introductory and advanced training to more than 100 police officers working, or with an interest in, the Intelligence field. Training was also delivered to PFES civilian staff and members of the AFP, Defence, NT Corrections and the Chief Ministers department. The training will form the basis for a new Territory Intelligence Model which is based on the highly successful Victorian model. The inaugural introductory course was held in Darwin over a two-week period in December 2008. The course proved so successful, further courses were held in March and May, 2009. Senior Sergeant Steve Wood, Sergeant Andy Ryan and Sergeant Richard Wallace from Victoria Police designed, delivered and coordinated the courses. Sen Sgt Wood said: It was a pleasure to train members who were as keen and dedicated as the members from NT Police. Many course participants were being introduced to the field and appreciated the knowledge and skills that were being delivered. I was struck by the genuine passion that the NT members have for the intelligence profession and their work. Their work ethic reflected this during the course and greatly impressed me, Sen Sgt Wood said. In addition to delivering the training courses, Sen Sgt Wood has spent two months in the NT assisting the Territory Intelligence Division to design and introduce the Territory Intelligence Model. To assist with the successful introduction of a new model, training sessions for management were conducted in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs. Additional resources such as information packages, an electronic training package, templates for tasking and coordination, guidelines for managers and standards for intelligence practice have also been designed. Senior Sergeant Wood also designed and delivered the first Advanced Intelligence Course in Darwin which covered topics such as intelligence collection at crime scenes, target selection and management, network profiling and intelligence assessment post operation. The Advanced Course was very successful and it was great to see members learn new skills and then practice these skills in the field. The members were introduced to new intelligence products that will assist in raising the profile of intelligence in the NT. Intelligent Life at PMC Constable Paulo Fernandes and Senior Constable Heather Donald out in the field during the recent Intelligence course in Darwin. Thankfully the property owners had suitable fire breaks of 4 metres in width which assisted greatly in the speed in which we were able to extinguish the fire. These Desktop Exercises have been held every year since Ash Wednesday in 1983. The latest exercise was a great success, as members from across the board worked together, learning new techniques and attempting to iron out any issues or problems we may face in the event of a large scale fire. Northern Territory emergency personnel work hard to contain the blaze during the desktop exercise.

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