Arcadia rural fire brigade – Rain. Reminder. Recognition.

In past couple of weeks, we have welcomed some much-needed rain. Whilst it is in stark contrast to the dry conditions we’ve been experiencing for some time, we’d like to remind you all to keep up with your safe fire practices.

Towards the end of September crews from Arcadia, Galston, Dural, and Westleigh were called to bush alight down Peebles Rd. This was a bush fire that had been smouldering for many hours, and this fire was efficiently rounded up and controlled by these crews. Luckily no persons, livestock, or properties were threatened. This fire highlighted the need to remind the community that they should always call triple zero (000) as the station is unmanned. Furthermore, if you see a fire that is unattended, call triple zero immediately. The area was patrolled multiple times to ensure no flare ups occurred. It is unsafe to enter a fireground due to smouldering remains and the threat of trees falling.

Crews from the Hornsby/Ku- Ring-Gai district conducted a small hazard reduction in Berrilee at Banks Creek. This was a strategic burn to reduce the fuel load on the ground. It was controlled well and remained within its boundaries. We’ve also attended calls to pile burns that have reignited due to weather conditions. It is important to monitor any pile burns you conduct both during the burn, and afterwards. Did you know that the Hornsby district has made the permit application process even easier! You can now apply for a council permit online via the Hornsby Council website. During the fire season, Hornsby/ Ku-Ring-Gai residents require a council permit and an NSW RFS issued permit. You can acquire these RFS permits from the Hornsby/Ku-Ring-Gai Fire Control Centre 9883 2000.

Arcadia has had reason to celebrate! At the district’s annual award’s night, 5 members from Arcadia were presented with long service awards. Alex Parkinson, Jessica Byrnes, Ian Furness and Dave Byrne received their 10- year service award, and Michael Elvidge, who is currently sitting on 24 years of service, received his 20-year award. These members have all upheld the values the NSW RFS of respect, adaptability, resourcefulness, integrity, community, and friendship. We’ve very proud of our members, and these awards highlight the dedication our members have for their station and for their community.

Arcadia is friendly and inclusive brigade! If you’d like to join us, email [email protected]