14 Tuesday November152016 News Fire training exercise planned for Darfield DARFIELD residents shouldn’t be alarmed if they see fire trucks flocking to the township later this month. McHughs Forest Park will host a range of emergency response personnel on Wednesday next week as the district council prepares for the possibility of a major fire this summer. McHughs Forest Park is located about 1km west of Darfield. Rural fire brigades from across the district, New Zealand Fire Service personnel, district council emergency response teams and welfare and emergency management staff will take part in the training evening, which will start at about 7pm. The training, named Exercise Homebush, will focus on the command and control of a largescale fire incident and communications system at the event. District council emergency management officer Ryan O’Rourke said the training was happening because experience showed the district council tended to have at least one major fire per season. “We need to ensure we’re performing to a high level because BEING PREPARED: Volunteer rural fire brigades and district council staff will take part in a large-scale training exercise near Darfield next week. these incidents develop very quickly,” Mr O’Rourke said. “When a large incident, such as a forest fire occurs, there are a number of different agencies involved, so this training is a good opportunity for everyone to practice how we allocate roles and work together.” The aim was to ensure the district council’s emergency management team could efficiently Varicose Vein Treatment Non-surgical Vein Laser Treatments available Free Assessment Tired of aching and unsightly veins? No surgery, no scars, no stitches. No time off work - continue normal daily activities. 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The district council recently carried out a survey to identify the community’s views and aspirations for the arts, how artists would like to be supported and areas where the arts could be improved and developed. Of the respondents, 81 per cent said they wanted to see more opportunities to participate and engage in the performing arts around Selwyn. District council arts adviser Rachael Inch said Selwyn was a growing, diverse community NEW LOCATION ADVERT.pdf 1 1/05/2014 11:51:35 a.m. VISIT OUR NEW LOCATION LOCATION Hours of Business: 7am-4.30pm Mon-Thurs Fri 8am to midday or by appointment with Keith 027 566 3909 SELWYN TIMES and there was a strong need for the development of programmes and opportunities. “It was clear from the Arts in Selwyn survey that performing arts was high on the list of key focus areas for the community,” she said. “This network will allow community members who are passionate about the performing arts to come together and meet like-minded people from across Selwyn and be involved in the planning process for the district. We welcome people of all ages, genders and ethnicities.” The first network meeting will be held on December 5, 6.30pm, at the Rolleston Community Centre Lounge, with guest speaker Roanna Dalziel. 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