Welcome to FIREGROUND Leadership and Training.

FIREGROUND Leadership & Training is a NSW, Coffs Coast based company specialising in a range of areas for small to large businesses and Government agencies. We are a Registered Training Organisation (41245) that has embraced a group of specialist people with an extensive diversity of knowledge, expertise and credibility in Fire Training, Planning, Operations and Incident Management. With our excellence and expertise we will value add to the clients existing resources and capabilities. We will work with the clients resources to enhance the existing abilities and hone their skills to cope with the future and its changes, safely and effectively. With Excellence, Expertise & Knowledge FIREGROUND will value add to the efficiency and effectiveness of fire planning, training and incident management within Australasia and the Pacific Rim Countries. We are specialists who provide service and training in:
  • WHS Management Plans
  • Safe Work Method Statement development
  • Business induction development & training
  • Building evacuation procedures, planning, assessment and auditing (small to large business)
  • Property Bush Fire evacuation plans for landholders or residents within fire prone areas
  • Prescribed Burn Plans, assessment and auditing
  • Team and Leadership development training and corporate workshops
  • Fire training from crew member to Incident Management Teams (IMT)
We are ready and willing to quote for all of your needs. No job too small or too big.
Training Days
FIREGROUND is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) providing outstanding training and assessment in the following areas:
Fire Planning
FIREGROUND has completed a number of Prescribed Burn Plans for a number of government agencies in Australia. Check out our SERVICES page for more information on our extensive experience...
Fire Training
FIREGROUND is focused and dedicated to providing an elite level of fire training and planning. Our trainers have significant experience in fire mitigation, planning and training ...
Incident Management
FIREGROUND trainers have extensive experience in team & leadership development, Incident Management systems incorporating Australasian Inter-Service, Incident Management System (AIIMS)....

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Meet the Crew

Meet the people that are going to train you in all things fire planning and leadership.
Dave Hitchcock
Dave Hitchcock


Dave’s passion for training led him to establish Fireground. He observed an opportunity to make a real change in the quality of delivery of fire training and development of training materials. This led him to develop a company with both consultancy and RTO capabilities. As well as his personal expertise, Dave has called on the knowledge of the many networks he has established throughout his years of experience working for Government Land Management Agencies. Dave is a Certificate IV Trainer Assessor and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science. Dave has held multi-disciplinary roles within fire agencies, including; plant operator, CM, CL, DC, Air Obs, Ops, Logs, PO, IC, Interstate Liaison Officer and is a Retained Structural Firefighter with FRNSW.

Richard Shadforth
Richard Shadforth


Richard is passionate about learning and development, both personally and organisationally. He brings a wealth of leadership and management experience to his training role. He has travelled widely and his military experience as a commander has been augmented with formal qualifications in Asian Studies and extensive experience in business management. Richard has a passion for transformative training designed to maximise the potential of learners. He combines a collaborative and personal training approach with a focus on leadership, communication and teamwork to deliver tangible results. His engaging personality provokes learner thinking to bring about improved and measurable performance in the workplace.

    Peter Brookhouse
    Peter Brookhouse


    Peter's career spans 35 years in natural area management and fire management, predominately with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. He has held positions including Ranger and Fire Management Officer. Peter has significantly contributed to NPWS fire management policy and procedures. He compiled the agency's first fire management policies and procedures manual. He used this manual to introduce AIIMS Incident Control System into that agency. Peter exercised innovation into fire management. NPWS adopted his format for map-based fire management planning. This format is gaining international interest. His prescriptions and approaches to prescribed burns has influenced training and best practice in the agency.

      Andrea Hitchcock
      Andrea Hitchcock


      Andrea is is a qualified Trainer and Assessor with many years of experience in the delivery and management of Vocational Education. Andrea manages the RTO's compliance and deals with our clients as well as Financial/ Office Management roles within the Company.

        Karra Arthur
        Karra Arthur

        First Aid Trainer

        Karra is a qualified trainer/assessor and Paramedic with experience in emergency care, firefighting, fire planning and remote first aid.  Karra is an asset to our first aid training delivery and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in training.

          63 Hickory Street Dorrigo NSW, 2453, AUSTRALIA
          E-mail: info at fireground.com.au Phone: 02 6657 2626