FIREGROUND is focused and dedicated to providing an elite level of fire training and planning. Our trainers and planners have significant experience in fire mitigation, planning and training in a range of landscapes and competencies.

FIREGROUND is a Registered training Organisation (RTO No. 41245) and all our trainers & assessors are fully qualified in the relevant competency as well have holding Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. All trainers have a minimum of 20 years’ experience in fire operations and have been selected for their ability to effectively impart their experience.

Consulting fees are set for particular products or on an hourly rate if a specific tailor made program is required. Ask us for a no obligation meeting to discuss quote options for your business or industry.

Fire Planning

FIREGROUND Leadership & Training offers a range of fire planning options for landholders, private residents and Government Agencies.

Government Agencies

We offer a range of planning tools, plans and audits for mitigation of fire on public lands, including:

  • Fire trail and Hazard assessment & audit.
  • Fire Zone assessment and options for hazard reduction.
  • Prescribed Burn assessment and Plans.
  • Prescribed Burn Plan Audits.
  • Prescribed Burn Command and Control functions.
  • Prescribed Burn plan implementation.

FIREGROUND has completed a number Prescribed Burn Plans for NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service including:

  • Hiawatha SFAZ, Yuraygir NP
  • Candole SFAZ, Yuraygir NP
  • Pantons SFAZ, Guy Fawkes River NP
  • Hickeys Creek LMZ, New England NP
Fire fighters in training learning how to fire plan.
Fire fighters in training learning how to fire plan.


We pride ourselves on delivery of the highest quality tools for Emergency Evacuation Planning (EEP) for landholders. We can assist with a practical Bush Fire Risk Assessment (BFRA) for properties and their potential for impact from unprescribed bushfire. The BFRA will identify areas of greatest impact and recommend a range of cost effective and feasible mitigation options. No property too small or too large.

We can also assist with a specialised Prescribed Burn/ Hazard Reduction Plan for landholders to assist in mitigation of fire impacting their lands and to promote long-term reduction of high risk hazard zones. All planning integrates the landholder with the latest standards and systems with their states relevant fire agencies requirement.

Private residents in rural and peri-urban communities

We offer a detailed and cost effective Emergency Evacuation Planning (EEP) which identifies the standard procedures and process for timely evacuation options when the threat of bushfire is announced. It includes measures to reduce the impact of fire on your prizes asset, your home. All planning integrates the resident with the latest standards and systems with their states relevant fire agencies requirement.

Ask for an obligation free quote on all forms of fire planning by emailing us via info at

Fire Training

FIREGROUND is currently working with the Forestry Corporation of NSW to deliver high quality fire training for its new seasonal firefighters and upgrading the qualifications of their existing firefighters. We are working alongside Forestry trainers to conduct training in Forest Firefighter, Advanced Firefighter and Crew Leader, through a series of 5 boot camps across NSW during 2016.

All trainers are highly experienced, professional and accredited.
All our trainers are highly experienced, professional and accredited.

We offer the complete range of fire training roles in line with AQTF requirements for Government Agencies Australia wide, including:

  • Crew Member
  • Crew Leader
  • Sector / Divisional Commander
  • Planning Officer
  • Situation Officer
  • Operations Officer
  • Logistics Officer
  • Class 1-3 Incident Controller
  • Prescribed Burn Plan & Conduct

All levels of competency will be tailored to include specific requirements from the relevant agency to ensure that trainees gain the appropriate corporate knowledge.

FIREGROUND  has development and reviewed training manuals, assessment guides and session plans for fire agencies in NSW. Please give us a call to discuss your needs.

Incident Management

FIREGROUND offers a full range of Incident Management awareness and system training for all industries.

FIREGROUND trainers have extensive experience in team and leadership development, Incident Management systems incorporating Australasian Inter-Service, Incident Management System (AIIMS). FIREGROUND is now licensed by AFAC to deliver AIIMS and BWA training, after meeting stringent criteria to deliver both of the nationally-accredited courses.

FIREGROUND can deliver the whole suite of fire training from planning through to incident management.

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Workshops will be developed specific to the corporation’s needs and industry of business including:

  • 1 Day Incident Awareness workshop
  • 5 Day Incident Management Training
  • 2-5 day Specific developed workshops on Team / Leadership development.

Consulting fees are set for particular products or on an hourly rate if a specific tailor made program is required. Ask us for a no obligation meeting to discuss quote options for your business or industry. Contact us via info at for a quote.

About our Managing Director, Dave HitchcockDave Hitchcock - Managing Director of Fireground

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. He has an extensive background in Land Management, from field operational roles to middle-level management with Forestry and NPWS and superior experience in WHS & Risk Management relating to Land Management practices and operations.


  • Degree Applied Science – CSU
  • Associated Diploma Park Management – CSU
  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment with over 400 hours in the last 5 years

Extensive accreditation in fire roles, including;

  • Crew Member
  • Crew Leader
  • Divisional Commander
  • Prescribed Burning
  • Fire Investigation
  • IMT roles, specifically IC Class 3

Fireground has affiliated with EMERG group

Fireground is now part of the EMERG group. EMERG is a new and dynamic group of companies with a dedicated focus on the emergency management sector in Australia and internationally. EMERG has been forged from a group of companies with extensive knowledge and experience in all Emergency Management and Land Management operations. EMERG will build Capability, Resilience and Capacity through a diverse range of quality Training, Consulting, Mentoring, Leadership and knowledge sharing services

Services include: Professional consultancy services for fire and land management • Incident and Emergency management experience • Fixed and Rotary wing services • Aerial platform for fire and pest control, disaster relief, exploration and construction • Training and assessment in fire and emergency management and ancillary skills. • RTO accreditation for National accredited training units. • Bushfire survival planning • Bushfire attack level and Bushfire risk assessment • Bushfire fuel management planning • Bushfire risk and asset management planning • AIIMS and BWA licensed training with AFAC