New tanker at Hilldene fire brigade
With a brand new tanker in its shed, the Hilldene fire brigade is now much better equipped to serve the community in the local area and beyond.
The new tanker, which has a water capacity of 3750 litres and is worth about $250 000, was obtained through a grant from the Victorian Government’s volunteer emergency services equipment program (VESEP), as well as donations from local property owners.
Hilldene brigade captain Geoff Read said the main reason the brigade wanted to secure the grant was to be able to have a back-up fire truck ready to support the community when the main tanker was away on a strike team.
‘‘We’re fairly well equipped now — we’ve got a couple of quick-fill pumps . . . but again we’re looking at improving our equipment all the time,’’ he said.
With about 60 members making up the brigade, Mr Read said they were in the midst of completing the minimum skills retraining, which firefighters need to do each year prior to the fire season.
The brigade’s community safety co-ordinator Chris Mazurek said given the brigade was located in a rural environment, it was important for members to catch up with any new residents in the area.
‘‘There are just under 300 properties, so it’s a pretty big area to go around,’’ he said.
‘‘So we like to introduce ourselves and hand out a CFA pack, and of course we direct them to the CFA website. Any of the residents within the Hilldene area are welcome to come in and have a chat, as well as getting to know some of the history of the brigade.’’
The brigade’s communications officer Darrel Warren said he was grateful for all the support the community had shown with fundraising efforts.
‘‘We’re very thankful to the local community who drops off cans to us, as well as PF Metals down in Campbellfield, and Puckapunyal Primary and the local community, they’re a great support for us,’’ he said.
Addition: Peter Robinson, Geoff Read (captain), Chris Mazurek, Ted Ferguson, Darrel Warren, Daryl Osborn, John Clarke and Giulio Cafasso, next to the Hilldene fire brigade’s new tanker.
Big help: The Hilldene fire brigade’s communications officer Darrel Warren says he is grateful for the community’s support through the donations of cans.