CFA decked out to fight boat fires

McIvor Times - - LOCALCLASSIES -

MEM­BERS of the Lake Ep­palock Coast Guard and CFA brigades from around the lake joined to­gether on Sun­day to cel­e­brate the long awaited ac­qui­si­tion of spe­cial­ist Per­sonal Flota­tion De­vices (PFD).

The PFDs, which can sup­port fire­fight­ers wear­ing full pro­tec­tive fire­fight­ing equip­ment, will be sup­plied thanks to a $6600 grant un­der the first round of the Emer­gency Ser­vices Vol­un­teer Sus­tain­abil­ity Grants Pro­gram.

‘‘They will greatly en­hance the safety of CFA mem­bers when re­spond­ing to boat fires,’’ Ep­palock Fire Brigades group of­fi­cer David Cleator said.

‘‘In five years, brigades have seen 13 boat fires on Lake Ep­palock.

‘‘CFA mem­bers had to bor­row or com­man­deer boats for rapid fire at­tack and res­cue un­til the Coast Guard boat could ar­rive.

‘‘Un­til now they have had to do this with­out life jack­ets.’’

Funds from the grant will be used to pur­chase 15 spe­cial­ist PFDs, to be in­stalled on trucks from Heath­cote, Knowsley, Mia Mia, Mos­quito Creek and Redes­dale brigades.

‘‘The PFDs in­clude a har­ness for a boat safety line, thus fur­ther en­hanc­ing the safety of fire fight­ers and boat users,’’ Mr Cleator said.

‘‘Brigades from Ep­palock Fire Brigades Group work closely with the Lake Ep­palock Coast Guard in train­ing and mu­tual sup­port.

The Coast Guard is ea­gerly await­ing the ar­rival of a new and larger boat, which will boost fire fight­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. CFA brigades and Lake Ep­palock Coast Guard mem­bers are now geared up for boat fires.

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