ARCADIA RURAL FIRE BRIGADE How Fire Proof is your Fire Plan By Peta Gormly December is already upon us and we’ve shown no signs of slowing down. T a great way for the community to support each other. Our red sleigh was still as popular as ever. The brigade has continued training various scenarios, honing their skills, and preparing for next year. We wish everyone safe and happy holidays, and a reminder to remain vigilant when using fire. A ready community is a resilient community. How Fire Proof is your Fire Plan is the latest campaign to be launched in NSW. Many people have discussed making a plan, however, when it comes to crunch time these plans may not necessarily withstand the conditions, mentally, emotionally, and physically. An open discussion with all your family members is a great way to start planning and reviewing an already made plan. There are many resources accessible on the NSW RFS website that will assist you with your decisions. Coming into the festive and jolly season, Arcadia has definitely been getting social with the community. The Arcadia Market Day, a highlight on our calendar, was a lot of fun and he brigade went to Vision Valley to discuss with 145 year 5 students from Waverly College Arcadia’s operational readiness, how we tackle bush fires, what other incidents we attend (which can be odd and varied), the training we partake in all year round, and how we assist the community in being prepared. We took this opportunity to discuss the importance of having a fire plan that is consistently reviewed and improved. As Arcadia is unique place, the students realised how different it is living here compared to their homes. We also discussed the risks they can face in urban areas. To find out How Fire Proof YOUR Plan is, visit www.myfireplan.com.au To find resources from the NSW RFS website, visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au Have you considered joining Arcadia Rural Fire Brigade? Send us an email inquiries@arcadiarfs. org.au Middle Dural Fire Brigade News R every individual who thinks it’s OK to burn; and you still need to notify your neighbours and District RFS Office. Volunteers are called out to a great many unauthorised pile burns. We sympathise with you - yes, it may well be safe - but it’s still illegal without a permit. Volunteers’ time is valuable, particularly since many are small business owners and are losing income by attending your illegal pile. system is activated from inside the cab. Our system is more powerful than most - it sprays a lot of water over a wide area. Quite a few people in range discovered how well our tanker protection works, to the amusement of those dry volunteers in the cab. Our thanks go to all those people who gave up their Saturday to ensure that we as safe and effective as possible on the fire ground. Over the last few weeks, columns of smoke indicate residents burning piles. Even though it has been raining, you still need a permit because NSW can’t legislate for Radios, First Aid kits, automatic defibrillators, chain saws and all manner of fire-fighting gear are rigorously scrutinised. Our ability to identify and use key pieces of firefighting equipment is also checked. Our photo shows a Middle Dural firefighter demonstrating use of a ‘Y breaching piece’, or waterdelivery valve that provides water to two separate hose lines, from the back of our Category 1 fire truck. Our large appliances are fitted with a water spray for covering the whole vehicle when at imminent risk of fire attack. This tanker protection ecently all the volunteer fire brigades in The Hills Shire went through an exercise known as The Readiness Check. One Saturday every year at the start of the fire season, our District Office in Annangrove Road organises an inspection of almost every single piece of equipment that could possibly be used in a bush fire. This involves good will and organisation of military precision from a large number of paid staff and volunteers. Space is limited at District Office so each Brigade has an allotted time for its vehicles to arrive. Please ring your local captain, if you want to burn. He or she (Middle Dural, Len Best 0408220705, or Ken Middleton 0417203088) can issue you with a permit. Follow us on www.facebook.com/galstonnews Galston Community News | December 2018 33
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