Upgrades to make it easier on volunteers
BRIGHT CFA will upgrade facilities at its Churchill Avenue station thanks to the money raised from their annual raffle and a grant from the Victorian Emergency Services Equipment Program.
The brigade will spend $ 26,404 on electric doors and an electric winch to dry hoses, with $ 17,600 coming from the VESEP and the brigade contributing the remaining funds.
The brigade made about $6000 from the 4000 raffle tickets sold from November through to the end of January.
Bright CFA captain Paul Mansfield said the two upgrades will make things easier on volunteers.
“The first project is to replace the hand winch on the tower with an electric winch for hose drying,” he said.
“Wet hoses are heavy and manually winching them up and down the tower can be exhausting work as well as time consuming.
“Having an electric winch will eliminate the risk of physical injury to volunteers.
“The second project is the motorization of the main doors and rear roller door which was first bandied around about four years before gaining traction again early last year.
“By having motorized doors, it will help facilitate getting firefighters in the station quicker and trucks out the door faster.
“Currently the doors are manually operated, and members need to physically raise them to allow entry.
“Security will also be increased with the doors able to be closed seamlessly upon existing the station.”
The brigade has self-funded many items and equipment including brigade owned vehicles, a quick fill trailer and hoses.