DSE's Rappel Crew

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DSE rappel crews are trained to be the first fire fighters to reach fires that start in difficult and remote terrain. These fire fighters rappel from a helicopter that hovers up to 100 metres above the ground. The firefighters then use dry firefighting techniques to fight the fire (they dont have any water with them to fight the fire). They use tools and small equipment such as rake hoes and chainsaws to remove fuels around the fire. Without the fuel the fire cannont burn as fast and they have a good chance of stopping the fire before it gets too big.