Do­na­tion will make CFA more fire ready

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Ash­lea Wi­toslawski

Mooroopna CFA will be bet­ter equipped for the fire sea­son with the sup­port of two new truck li­cences.

The do­na­tion is by TIDE Train­ing, which was in­spired to help the lo­cal com­mu­nity af­ter learn­ing about the dan­ger­ous fire sea­son ahead due to dri­erthan-nor­mal con­di­tions across the re­gion.

CFA op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Travis Har­ris was thank­ful for the gen­er­ous sup­port of­fered as the lo­cal brigades pre­pare for a pre­dictably long fire sea­son.

‘‘By in­di­rectly pro­vid­ing their ser­vices they’re as­sist­ing the com­mu­nity, help­ing their lo­cal fire bri­gade build ca­pac­ity,’’ Mr Har­ris said.

Mr Har­ris said the CFA was of­ten short on drivers and this was an im­por­tant skill needed.

‘‘It’s help­ing to im­prove their skills and knowl­edge and will help in many sit­u­a­tions,’’ he said.

TIDE Train­ing di­rec­tor Tom Rus­sell said the Mel­bourne-based com­pany moved to Mooroopna in 2011 and wanted to give back to the com­mu­nity that had em­braced it.

Mr Rus­sell and his team pro­vided Heavy Rigid and Heavy Com­bi­na­tion truck train­ing, help­ing lo­cal vol­un­teers Dean O’Hara and Rodger Do­herty get the new li­cences and ac­quire new skills.

‘‘We’re head­ing into a bad fire sea­son and this will help keep them up to date with reg­u­la­tions and new road laws,’’ he said.

The pair was de­lighted to have been se­lected by Mooroopna CFA to fur­ther their ca­pa­bil­i­ties and sup­port their bri­gade.

‘‘We’re re­ally happy to have the great priv­i­lege from TIDE,’’ Mr O’Hara said.

Mr Do­herty, a vol­un­teer for four years, echoed Mr O’Hara’s sen­ti­ment and said he was glad to be able to learn more skills to sup­port the Mooroopna CFA.

‘‘It’s great learn­ing some­thing new and dif­fer­ent and it’s all a life­sav­ing Bol­ster­ing re­sources: thing,’’ he said.

Mr O’Hara, a vol­un­teer for a year, re­minded the com­mu­nity to be pre­pared for this fire sea­son.

‘‘We’ve al­ready had a few fires this sea­son so it’s im­por­tant to get your plans in place, tidy up your prop­erty and clean your gutters,’’ he said.

Mooroopna CFA is a vol­un­teer co-or­di­nated bri­gade and Mr O’Hara en­cour­aged peo­ple to come down to have a chat and get in­volved.

‘‘We are all vol­un­teers and there are al­ways op­por­tu­ni­ties,’’ he said.

Pic­ture: Me­gan Fisher

dan­ger pe­riod. TIDE Train­ing donated two truck train­ing li­cences to Mooroopna CFA vol­un­teers in time for the im­pend­ing fire

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