New tanker at Hilldene fire bri­gade

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Gus McCub­bing

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.

Pic­tures: Gus McCub­bing

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.

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