Three big fires in the back yard of a property on Sir William Hudson Street created quite a sight recently.
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Cooma fire brigade set a number of big piles of garden waste on fire, as a training exercise for local community fire units, with flames reaching several metres in height.
The Cooma fire brigade were conducting a training session for Community Fire Units supported by the Rural Fire Service Cooma brigade.
(FRNSW) Cooma brigade captain Chris Reeks said there are four Community Fire Units in Cooma staffed by volunteers, who live in areas adjoining bushland.
"They are a group of residents in fire prone areas, that back onto bushland," Captain Reeks said.
"There are four Community Fire Units, one in Mulach Street, Cooma North ridge, Warm Corner on Mittagang Road and Zalka Heights.
"They are given some training and a trailer and work with us at their property if there is a fire.
"The idea is if there is a major incident and we have to be somewhere else they can protect their own property.
"They respond through the normal channels if there is a fire, but they have the equipment, a stand pipe, trailer and training to protect their own property."
Captain Reeks said there are about six training sessions a year and meetings, and a FRNSW member is assigned to each group.