It’s OK! Amidst the global pandemic, Glenorie RFS Brigade is abiding by social distancing and other emergency services guidelines and remains undeterred and ready for action if calls for help come in… Glenorie brigade has responded to incidents this month including fire calls, fallen trees, and a motor vehicle accident.

Covid-19 health and safety restrictions meant March and April have been much quieter months at the Brigade, with bush firefighting courses, training and exercises postponed. However, a qualification in Advanced Resuscitation Training was safely conducted under strict conditions to ensure members would be able to deliver these vital skills, if required.

Pile burns are now permitted following the end of the Statutory Bush Fire Danger Period but remember to follow the guidelines regarding limited pile size and be aware of fuel loads near your house and on your property. Be sure to notify your neighbours and your local fire brigade 24 hours prior to lighting, and some councils require permits for pile burns, if you have any questions, please call Glenorie Brigade on (02) 9652-2017.

Ocean Cruises for our teams… On a lighter note, prior to the current viral outbreak, many Glenorie members and their families were invited to board the Spectrum of the Seas super cruise liner, latest addition to Royal Caribbean’s global fleet, as part of a “thank you to first-responders” as their way of expressing their appreciation for the tireless work undertaken by our volunteers through the demanding bushfire season of 2019-2020. The Spectrum of the Seas is one of the largest cruise ships in the world and was crewed and launched less than a year ago and in January it was diverted away from its destination port of Shanghai to visit Sydney. First-responders from around the nation were invited to get together with their families to reconnect and spend quality time relaxing as guests of Royal Caribbean. One thanks deserves another… local Glenorie Brigade members showed their appreciation to Captain Charles and the crew of Spectrum of the Seas with a Glenorie Fire Brigade T-shirt and NSW Rural Fire Service cap that we are sure will become a keen favourite.

A generous donation from Bunnings Dural of a new barbecue to replace our well used one was warmly welcomed. The brigade would like to extend a public thanks to our friends and supporters at Bunnings and all those in the community who have donated generously to our volunteer work.

We are here for you… health and distancing restrictions will remain in place for some time, but this will not affect your ability to receive assistance if needed. Ring 000 in an emergency.