South Australian police launch operation targeting deliberate firebugs
Operation Nomad is aimed at tackling criminals engaging in deliberate, reckless or negligent behaviour that could lead to a bushfire. Known as 'Operation Nomad', police will begin patrols on total fire ban days aimed at detecting risky and deliberate behaviour.Operation Nomad isn't solely target at arsonists, but on people who may be inadvertently creating high-risk fire situations.© AAP Operation Nomad is on the alert for behaviour that could lead to bushfires such as these on the East Coast of Australia.
But fire officials said these arsonists have a disproportionate impact among the country's more than a million firefighters . They erode public trust, mar firefighter morale and make it harder for volunteer units to raise much-needed funds. Chief Conklin said he would like to believe "the public understands
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Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has issued an unwavering warning to anyone who lights fires deliberately or maliciously this summer, saying “if you are going to do that then you deserve to have the full weight of the law thrown at you, you deserve to spend time in jail”.
“How dare you threaten our men and women who are out there desperately trying to save their community, how dare you put people in harm’s way,” he told Sky News host Paul Murray.
“We’ve seen in the past few weeks that fires are real business, they’re deadly business.
“How dare anyone contribute to that problem.”
His warning comes after four people, including a nine-year-old child, were caught breaching the total fire bans in place across New South Wales this week.
Victorian authorities announce first Code Red fire alert in 10 years .
Victoria is bracing for one of its hottest November days on record tomorrow with parts of the state preparing for the worst fire conditions in 10 years. "If you live in those areas and a fire occurs, a fire will take your home. You need to make sure you are not there. Code Red says to us that we cannot control a fire if it starts. Move out tonight."Melbourne is getting ready for a burst of summer with the temperature set to nudge 40C in the city.