Hay, quick there’s a fire
ROCHESTER Fire Brigade have had a busy festive season, attending six different blazes and assisting many others. Firefighters extinguished a hay truck fire near Nanneella on January 4. They also battled a grass fire at Ultima on December 28 where they were part of a rapid response strike force. Brigades also came from Echuca, Kyabram, and Bamawm, as well as a few others. On Christmas Eve the team attended four different fires in and around the Rochester area.
THE festive season is always busy.
But for our emergency services it isn’t always barbecues and beers.
As many of us were taking some time out, our firefighters were busier than ever.
The past few weeks have been hectic for the Rochester Fire Brigade being sent to six separate blazes over the festive season.
Captain Luke Warren said battling the grass fire at Ultima on December 28, where they were part of a rapid response strike force, was the biggest they attended.
‘‘We were part of a team with brigades from Echuca, Kyabram, and Bamawm and a few others,’’ he said.
Christmas Eve was a busy day with the team heading out to four different fires in and around the Rochester area.
On Wednesday a hay truck fire out of Nanneella saw the Rochester team join the Echuca, Echuca Village, Tongala and Kyabram brigades.
‘‘The high rate of fires have mainly been due to the storms we have had and lightning strikes in dry areas,’’ Mr Warren said.
Along with fighting fires, the Rochester brigade also spent time over the festive season helping fellow fire fighters. The Rochester rehab unit was deployed to a large grass fire south of Bridgewater on Christmas Eve where they provided cool chairs and rehydration to crews on scene.
They also carried out health checks which included measuring crews blood pressure, hydration levels and carbon monoxide levels.
Crews worked through the night on December 28 to contain the grass fire at Ultima.
The Rochester Fire Brigade’s rehab unit helped firefighters recover using rehydration chairs.