As a land manager in both the ACT and NSW (Googong Foreshores), the Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) has a legal responsibility which includes managing bushfire fuels on its land and limiting the spread of fire on and from its lands.

PCS has a dedicated fire management section which facilitate the completion of the Bushfire Operations Plan (BOP) and work with the various depots. PCS also includes a large fire suppression capability (approximately 180 fire fighters) in the form of the PCS workforce, which constitutes PCS Fire.

PCS Fire

PCS Fire employs a range of specialist firefighting personel. Crews are on standby and available for response throughout the bushfire season.

Incident Management Team

An IMT is a group comprising an incident controller and other personnel appointed to be responsible for operations, planning, and logistics throughout an incident.

RAFT / Advanced Handcrew

RAFT crew personnel are highly trained and capable in remote area emergency responses including fire fighting, search and rescue, and fuel management.

Fire training

PCS Fire staff are trained to national standards and competencies consistent with other firefighters across the country.

Seasonal work program

Each year, PCS employs additional temporary seasonal fire crews to help keep Canberra and our natural environment safe.

Interstate and international deployments

PCS supports interstate fire suppression and prescribed burning activities by supplying fire fighting personnel and equipment when required.

Fire apparatus

PCS staff crew eleven command vehicles, six heavy tankers, three medium tankers and seven light units.

Heavy machinery

PCS staff use heavy machinery to construct strategic earth breaks, reduce fuel on the ground, to aid the suppression of wildfires and to create access tracks and trails.