What a lifted fire ban means
THE community is urged to remain vigilant even after the “longest ever fire ban” was lifted for the South Burnett, North Burnett and Cherbourg regions last Monday.
This is according to Taromeo Rural Fire Brigade Crew Leader Dean Hunter.
“It was the longest local fire ban ever in place,” he said.
The 2019/20 fire season was deemed a national bushfire crisis as more than 10 million hectares of bush, forest and parks across Australia was burned.
The fire ban, lasting for four months over the bushfire season in the Burnett, was cancelled on January 20, after widespread rain ranging from 75-150mm fell in the region.
“It’s a bit of a reprieve for the firefighters,” Mr Hunter said.
Over the season the Taromeo crew have helped out in the South Burnett region, as well as fires in places near the Central and North Burnett’s Mundubbera and Mt Perry.
Mr Hunter said he enjoyed the camaraderie within the brigade.
“It’s very rewarding to be a volunteer,” he said.
With members coming from various backgrounds such as tradies, panel beaters and consultants, each brings their own life experience to the brigade.
HARD WORK: Taromeo Rural Fire Brigade members Geoff Jacobson, first officer Alan Livingstone, crew leader Dean Hunter and Ken Randal believe the recently lifted fire ban was the longest fire ban that had ever been issued for the region.