Mid­dle Du­ral Ru­ral Fire Brigade

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

On Satur­day 26th May, we con­ducted our last haz­ard re­duc­tion of the sea­son, be­tween O’Hara’s Creek Road and Cranstons Road.

Nine other brigades as­sisted Glen­haven, Glenorie, Sackville North, Wise­mans‘s Ferry, Hill­side, An­nan­grove, Round Corner, Ken­thurst and North Rocks. The Hills Mo­bile Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Unit, also staffed by vol­un­teers, pro­vided on the spot ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Many thanks to all these vol­un­teers, as well as our own, who gave up their day. Thanks as well to the Ca­ter­ing Brigade, all vol­un­teers, who pro­vided us with nu­tri­tious and well-bal­anced lunches. Fire­fight­ing can be ex­haust­ing, so we all value those lit­tle packs of lol­lies and cho­co­late snacks!

All af­fected res­i­dents had given per­mis­sion be­fore­hand for fuel loads to be re­duced on their prop­er­ties, and had been in­volved in de­cid­ing where con­tain­ment lines should run. With­out the co­op­er­a­tion of the res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly in keep­ing gates open and agree­ing ac­cess for our fire tankers on the day, our task would be a great deal tougher.

This multi-team ap­proach to haz­ard re­duc­tion pro­vides valu­able train­ing for fu­ture emer­gen­cies, build­ing team­work and pro­vid­ing in­sights into de­ploy­ment and con­trol of large num­bers of fire­fight­ers. When the triple O call comes in for fires and road ac­ci­dents, The Hills Fire Con­trol will fre­quently call sev­eral brigades to en­sure suf­fi­cient crew mem­bers, so seam­less team work with our fel­low vol­un­teers is im­por­tant. Lo­cal res­i­dents are still try­ing to burn piles be­fore win­ter. Re­mem­ber to give your neigh­bours 24 hours warn­ing, and in­form the Dis­trict Of­fice (9654 1244). If you need help or ad­vice, ring the Mid­dle Du­ral Brigade Cap­tain on 0408 220 705.

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