Up­grades to make it eas­ier on vol­un­teers

Alpine Observer - - News - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

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.

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