Ar­ca­dia RFS News - Prepa­ra­tions con­tinue for up­com­ing Fire Sea­son

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Rural Fire Service -

We have seen an early start to the fire sea­son with a drier than usual win­ter which has seen the fire sea­son brought for­ward to Septem­ber in many parts of the state. We have seen many fires through­out the state, and even as close as Lane Cove Na­tional Park. This serves as a stark re­minder that we must be pre­pared as when dis­as­ter strikes, emer­gency ser­vices are spread far and thin, and land own­ers must be ac­tive in pro­tect­ing their properties.

In re­sponse to the loom­ing fire sea­son, more haz­ard re­duc­tions have been com­pleted. Lo­cally we have com­pleted a strate­gic haz­ard re­duc­tion in the Fid­dle­town area, with more in the plan for fa­vor­able con­di­tions. The Pee­bles road HR saw 37 ve­hi­cles, made up of trucks and com­mand ve­hi­cles, and over 160 per­son­nel on the fire ground to com­plete one of our larger burns. NSW RFS air­craft were also in­volved in aerial in­cen­di­ary op­er­a­tions, and mon­i­tor­ing the burn so it did not cross con­trol lines. Ar­ca­dia has not only man­aged ones in our area, we con­tinue to sup­ply crews to many within Hornsby and fur­ther afield at Kent­lyn. The HR at Kent­lyn had us work­ing along­side nu­mer­ous FRNSW teams, and SES crews. The brigade has also sup­plied mem­bers to be in­volved with the IMT – In­ci­dent Man­age­ment Team across many of these haz­ard re­duc­tions.

A quick re­sponse to a struc­ture fire in early Septem­ber saw crews from Ar­ca­dia, Gal­ston, Glenorie, Du­ral, Cher­ry­brook, and FRNSW Cas­tle Hill at­tend which stopped the fire from spread­ing to other build­ings. Luck­ily no per­sons in­jured, and the fire was con­tained to a small area of the prop­erty. As al­ways, the crews from Hornsby/Ku-Ring-Gai and The Hills Dis­trict worked to­gether ef­fi­ciently.

In­ter­na­tional re­sponse to Canada! Ar­ca­dia mem­ber, Grant Pais­ley, has made the trip to Bri­tish Columbia, Canada. Grant has trav­elled with 3 other mem­bers from the dis­trict, to aid fire agen­cies who are still com­bat­ing the nu­mer­ous wild­fires that re­main out of con­trol, as part of the RAFT/Ar­du­ous fire­fight­ing team. 40 fire­fight­ers from NSW RFS and ACT RFS left in this re­cent de­ploy­ment. They will be join­ing the many other Aus­tralian fire­fight­ers for a 6-week de­ploy­ment in tough con­di­tions. We wish them all a safe jour­ney, and safer re­turn.

The brigade was in­vited to the an­nual proudly Ar­ca­dian din­ner, which al­lows the mem­bers of the Ar­ca­dian com­mu­nity get to­gether for a scrump­tious meal. This in­cen­tive was spear­headed by the Proudly Ar­ca­dian com­mit­tee, a pas­sion­ate group of Ar­ca­di­ans that aim to en­gen­der com­mu­nity spirit and co­he­sive­ness, and to pre­serve and record the his­tory of the area. The May­oral din­ner, an an­nual din­ner hosted by the Mayor of Hornsby, was once again a suc­cess this year. The event brings all the brigades from the dis­trict to­gether to say thank you for the past years work. It's a great time to catch up with all our friends from the dif­fer­ent sta­tions.

On Septem­ber 16th, the brigades around the dis­trict, and state, par­tic­i­pated in the Get Ready Week­end. Brigades opened their sta­tion doors to the com­mu­nity, invit­ing them to come ask ques­tions on how to ready them­selves ahead of the fire sea­son.

The Ar­ca­dia Team have been train­ing hard for the Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease stair climb on Oc­to­ber 14th, to be held at the Syd­ney Tower. MND is a con­di­tion that cur­rently has no cure and the climb is rais­ing money for the Mac­quarie Univer­sity re­search team. Spec­ta­tors are wel­come to at­tend, and cheer all the fire­fight­ers on from vol­un­teer and paid agen­cies.

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