THERE were 183 fires on the Monaro over the last 10 months and a major review is suggesting improvements in the way fires are fought in the future.
The review, which is undertaken at the end of every fire season, has highlighted a number of issues, including an 'us and them' attitude and communication and decision problems in the fire fighting effort.
It notes a breakdown in fire ground structure and chain of command with freelance and unco-ordinated fire fighting and poor communication with the fire control team.
The Monaro District After Action Review register sent to all RFS brigade group captains, captains and secretaries has nominated 35 areas needing improvement.
It recommends more training and better processes be implemented for the coming fire season.
Over the past 10 months there were a total of 99 fires reported in the Cooma-Monaro shire , 60 in the Snowy River Shire and 24 fires in the Bombala Shire.
Across the three shires there were 79 grass fires, 35 forest or scrub fires and 42 calls for assistance with motor vehicle accidents. There were 48 grass fires in the Cooma-Monaro shire.
In a memo to group captains, captains and secretaries, RFS Monaro team technical co-ordinator Chris Allen said it was proposed to maintain a register of actions to assist in further improving fire fighting operations on the Monaro.
The review makes mention of the difficulty of controlling resources on the fire ground at times and recommends training to explain and develop an understanding for fire ground structure.
The two different radio networks used across the district created a few issues for members not familiar with radio programs and profiles.
At times some fire fighters had a poor understanding of the value and function of the incident management team and the approach to manage emergency incidents and hazard reduction burns.
By far the biggest fire of the last fire season was the Yarrabin fire in January which burnt for 11 days.
It destroyed about 12,166 hectares of bushland and farmland along with two homes, an estimated 2,400 head of sheep and more than 250 kilometres of fencing in addition to farm machinery, sheds and equipment. Fortunately no lives were lost.
The fire cost more than $3.8 million to put out and affected the Numeralla, Countegany, Nimmitabel and Kybeyan Valley communities.