Time to start fire plans


Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Tara Whitsed

There will be some­thing for the whole fam­ily at Tallygaroopna Fire Bri­gade’s open day and mini mar­ket.

Tallygaroopna Fire Bri­gade mem­ber Louise McKin­non said the event was all about en­gag­ing the com­mu­nity and help­ing them to be­come pre­pared for the ap­proach­ing fire sea­son.

‘‘The open day is tak­ing place to help the local com­mu­nity learn more about what the bri­gade does and how it can help you pre­pare for the com­ing fire sea­son,’’ Ms McKin­non said.

‘‘Come and chat to some of the CFA mem­bers and fire­fight­ers, ask ques­tions about vol­un­teer­ing, check out the sta­tion and fire trucks and bring along your fire ex­tin­guisher for test­ing as well.’’

CFA com­mu­nity safety co­or­di­na­tor and 3rd Lieu­tenant John Rhodes said it was a great time to pre­pare a fir­eready plan.

‘‘We can as­sist peo­ple in pre­par­ing their plans,’’ he said.

There will be much in­for­ma­tion and many fly­ers to help res­i­dents know how to reg­is­ter burn-offs as well as their horses, how to pre­vent haystack fires and grass­fires, camp­fire safety and more.

‘‘We’ll have a pre­sen­ta­tion from the na­tional equine data­base at 11 am,’’ Ms McKin­non said.

Ms McKin­non said there would be a bar­be­cue as well as fun ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren.

‘‘There’ll be colour­ing in and they can squirt wa­ter out of the hose from the fire truck,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ll also be show­cas­ing local busi­nesses with the mini mar­ket.’’

Mr Rhodes said the bri­gade was al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers, hav­ing about 15 ac­tive fire­fight­ers and around 30 mem­bers in to­tal.

‘‘We’re al­ways look­ing for more peo­ple, es­pe­cially those who can turn out in the day,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re a fam­ily-friendly bri­gade and we’ve got quite a few ac­tive fe­male mem­bers,’’ Ms McKin­non added.

The bri­gade has mem­bers aged 16 to 70-plus years.

‘‘We have heaps of roles, peo­ple don’t just have to be ac­tive fire­fight­ers,’’ Ms McKin­non said. ● The open day and mini mar­ket will be held on Sun­day, Novem­ber 12, from 10 am to 2 pm at the fire sta­tion in Vic­to­ria St, Tallygaroopna.

Pre­pare for sea­son: Ready for Tallygaroopna Fire Bri­gade’s open day are Daniel Wat­son, An­gela Joy, Ver­ity Joy-Wat­son, 3rd Lieu­tenant John Rhodes, Louise McKin­non with Made­lyn Moss and 2nd Lieu­tenant Brad Moss.

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