Hay, quick there’s a fire

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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.

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