Boost for fire brigade

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Co­bram Fire Brigade will re­ceive $21 000 to in­stall a gen­er­a­tor at the sta­tion which could help save peo­ple’s lives.

The gen­er­a­tor will help off­set the loss of power in times of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and help com­mu­ni­ca­tion lines to re­main open be­tween emer­gency ser­vices.

The gen­er­a­tor will run the sta­tion and the com­mand fa­cil­ity if power from the en­ergy grid goes out.

The CFA ap­plied for the equip­ment through the Emer­gency Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria Grant on be­half of the brigade.

Co­bram Fire Brigade cap­tain Adrian Hilder said the im­pacts of power out­ages were hugely in­con­ve­nient for the sta­tion con­sid­er­ing it was an emer­gency ser­vice.

‘‘It’s great for the sta­tion be­cause if there is a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter and it knocks the power out, the brigade can still run the show from the sta­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘When the power goes out we have to open the front doors man­u­ally and we can’t run the com­put­ers and ra­dios, so the gen­er­a­tor is def­i­nitely go­ing to be very ben­e­fi­cial for us.’’

The plan to in­stall a gen­er­a­tor had been in the pipe­line for a cou­ple of years and even­tu­ally came to a head be­cause there is now a lo­cal com­mand fa­cil­ity.

‘‘We used the LCF when the floods were on and it cov­ers the Moira Shire, so if any­thing hap­pens like a bush­fire or a big grass fire within the shire, they will use the LCF as a com­mand post so the gen­er­a­tor will run that if the power goes out,’’ Mr Hilder said.

He said the brigade was hop­ing the gen­er­a­tor would be in­stalled in the next few months.

A con­crete slab will have to be laid for the gen­er­a­tor, but the sta­tion was fully wired for one to be hooked up when it was built.

The brigade is also in the process of putting to­gether a grant sub­mis­sion to help it in­stall an au­to­mated se­cu­rity gate to the sta­tion en­trance.

‘‘We def­i­nitely need some­thing like that to boost the se­cu­rity of the sta­tion for our mem­bers and we don’t want peo­ple go­ing in there,’’ Mr Hilder said.

Life­savers: Co­bram Fire Brigade mem­bers An­nette May­man, Me­gan Klip­pel and Nick Giles will ben­e­fit from the new gen­er­a­tor.

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