Sta­tion toys go on show

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ai­den Boy­ham

The Bal­divis Vol­un­teer Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices crew is gear­ing up for a big com­mu­nity open day this Sun­day, with res­i­dents en­cour­aged to at­tend and check out the sta­tion’s ca­pa­bil­ity.

Home to more than 50 vol­un­teers, the much-loved sta­tion will show off some of its big­gest and bright­est pieces of equip­ment from 10am to 4pm, in­clud­ing its new­est fire truck val­ued at more than $500,000.

Sta­tion spokesman Rik Mills said vol­un­teers at the sta­tion ranged from 17 to 70 years of age and pro­vided 24/7 cov­er­age to the com­mu­nity.

“Vol­un­teers carry out a range of dif­fer­ent roles in­clud­ing front­line fire­fight­ing, pro­vid­ing in­ci­dent com­mand and con­trol aux­il­iary sup­port roles,” he said.

“The bri­gade mem­ber­ship is made of peo­ple from a di­verse back­ground — teach­ers, me­chan­ics, police of­fi­cers, ca­reer fire­fight­ers and ac­coun­tants to name some.”

The open day is the first the sta­tion has held for five years, with food, drink and en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer.

The sta­tion, on Tranby Drive, has been home to vol­un­teers since 2001, with 2018 set to mark the bri­gade’s 40th an­niver­sary of op­er­a­tions.

Ahead of the up­com­ing fire sea­son, lo­cal res­i­dents will also have the chance to talk to DFES vol­un­teers and staff about pre­par­ing their prop­erty in the lead-up to what is pre­dicted to be an above-av­er­age fire sea­son.

“If re­quired to, fire­fight­ers will do all they can, how­ever it is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Mr Mills said.

“In the lead-up to the fire sea­son, res­i­dents need to en­sure they are tak­ing pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures to en­sure their prop­erty can sur­vive the pas­sage of fire.”

Visit the DFES web­site at dfes.wa.gov.au for guid­ance on how you can pre­pare your prop­erty and fam­ily for fire sea­son.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Bal­divis Vol­un­teer Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices mem­ber Rik Mills is ex­cited to show off the sta­tion’s ca­pa­bil­ity.

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