Vi­sion Val­ley Hosts The Fire Brigade, and So Much More

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Rural Fire Service Report - By Peta Gormly, Ar­ca­dia Ru­ral Fire Brigade At Ar­ca­dia we are for­tu­nate to have a team with a strong sense of com­mu­nity. We are a lucky brigade, and should you wish to be part of it, please feel free to call us on 0438 648 993.

Whilst there has been a break be­tween pub­li­ca­tions, Ar­ca­dia has been very busy.

Ear­lier this year Ar­ca­dia hosted a very large train­ing ex­er­cise at Vi­sion Val­ley con­fer­ence cen­tre run by the Wes­ley Mis­sion, right here in Ar­ca­dia. The train­ing ex­er­cise saw 6 brigades at­tend from Ar­ca­dia, Gal­ston, Du­ral, Mid­dle Du­ral, Cher­ry­brook and our friends at Cas­tle Hill Fire Res­cue in A Pla­toon. The ex­er­cise was de­signed to train ev­ery­one on very large struc­ture fires and pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for the dif­fer­ent agen­cies to be­come more fa­mil­iar with each other’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and should some­thing hap­pen, be very pre­pared to at­tend the in­ci­dent and fa­cil­i­tate a good out­come.

Dur­ing the train­ing, the main build­ing was filled with pre­tend smoke and the crews with breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus where re­quired to search 3 lev­els to find 4 dum­mies that were placed in hard to find lo­ca­tions, to sim­u­late dif­fi­cult res­cues and then to pro­vide first aid prior to am­bu­lance at­tend­ing. This was also a great op­por­tu­nity for the lead­ers of the brigades to use their man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence, tack­ling such a chal­leng­ing large scale mock in­ci­dent.

After the ex­er­cise all brigades were treated to a demon­stra­tion of the TAF20 by Fire Res­cue, which is a re­motely con­trolled fire­fight­ing ap­pli­ance which is used for large struc­tures where it is too dan­ger­ous to en­ter or re­quires large amounts of fire­fight­ing foam and wa­ter to put out the fire.

This was also a great op­por­tu­nity for all the brigades to come to­gether and ask ques­tions of each other and, while we have a great re­la­tion­ship with Caste Hill Fire Res­cue, it gave us the chance to meet ev­ery­one in a more re­laxed at­mos­phere rather than an in­ci­dent.

The year has been ramp­ing up for us with var­i­ous train­ing ex­er­cises to keep us pre­pared. We've had many mem­bers con­tinue to learn new skills by par­tic­i­pat­ing var­i­ous cour­ses in­clud­ing Ba­sic Fire Fighter, First Aid, Ad­vanced Re­sus­ci­ta­tion Tech­niques, Crew lead­ers and Vil­lage Fire­fighter. They've learnt about a num­ber strate­gies and sce­nar­ios of vil­lage type in­ci­dents. The course prac­ti­cals teach our mem­bers, in a con­trolled and safe en­vi­ron­ment, how to ap­proach mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents and fires, gas fires, and door en­try. This group was for­tu­nate to have the op­por­tu­nity to also have a look at FRNSW St Mary's Haz­ardous Ma­te­ri­als truck, as part of their les­son on haz­ardous and dan­ger­ous ma­te­ri­als. A night at Berowra Wa­ters brigade in­tro­duced our mem­bers to search­ing for per­sons in smoke filled rooms, if they wished to fur­ther pur­sue a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in Breath­ing Ap­pa­ra­tus.

Ar­ca­dia has been kept busy with Haz­ard Re­duc­tions in Berowra, St

Ives, and as­sist­ing Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ser­vices in our own back­yard of Mar­ra­marra Na­tional Park. HR prepa­ra­tion con­tin­ues within the area for fu­ture con­trolled burns. Ar­ca­dia 1 Al­pha and crew were de­ployed to Holswor­thy as part of a strike team in April. All fire­fight­ers on the ground and be­hind the scenes worked tire­lessly to con­trol the fire. An as­tound­ing 0 homes were lost due to this ef­fort. As we en­ter win­ter, it is im­por­tant that home own­ers take ad­van­tage of this cooler weather to pre­pare their prop­er­ties for the next fire sea­son. Gen­eral prop­erty and gar­den main­te­nance, check­ing static wa­ter sup­plies and pumps, and gen­eral re­pairs around the house can help re­duce the risk of ember at­tack. Com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion and self prepa­ra­tion were key mes­sages pre­sented at this years Aus­tralian Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment and Fire Aware­ness Con­fer­ence held in Coffs Har­bour.

Fi­nally, each year the brigade elects in the po­si­tion hold­ers for the fol­low­ing year. This is an im­por­tant part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion which en­sures that we con­tinue to evolve and give the mem­bers of the brigade an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide in­put and gain valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence in var­i­ous roles. On the 14th of April we had our AGM. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the po­si­tion hold­ers, and we look for­ward to a pros­per­ous year ahead.

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