Firefighter support team crucial

BEHIND a well-oiled fire-fighting operation is a great support team, firefighter Steven Richardson says.

As the Tasmanian Fire Service's Northern regional controller prepared for a day of very dangerous fire conditions yesterday he said support workers were crucial to the process.

From air operations to admin support, many of the service's workers and volunteers went about their tasks unnoticed. 

``As soon as we get a call we'll decide  whether we'll go up and feed some intel back to these guys,'' the service's air attack supervisor Paul Beechey said.

``We also have the water bombing capabilities to assist with the ground crews.''

A Regional Fire Operations Centre was established yesterday at the service's Youngtown headquarters as fire danger ratings hit very high in the North. 

A strike team was sent to Campbell Town in case there was a fire outbreak in the Midlands or Fingal areas.

The Northern fire belt is prone to fire due to a combination of factors such as plentiful grassland, strong wind gusts coming down from the Tamar River and low elevation.

Officer Richardson said the strike team at Campbell Town, which included a helicopter, was well placed to tackle any fire outbreaks North and South of there. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has again forecast very high fire danger ratings for the Midlands today. 

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