Middle Dural Fire Brigade wishes all local residents a very prosperous and peaceful New Year. Thanks to your good sense in observing summer fire restrictions, we volunteer fire fighters have had a fairly peaceful time ourselves. Remember that you require a permit from your fire captain if you wish to burn during the fire season (Middle Dural: Len Best 0408 220 705). Heavy fines apply otherwise!
The Middle Dural Christmas party at our fire station in Mid Dural Road was a very special event this year. Several of our members received long service awards, in particular, our longest serving member, John Mutch, who joined in 1954. John was presented with a sixth bar to his long service medal, marking 60 years of ongoing service to this Brigade. John’s skills and expertise in the electrical industry benefitted Middle Dural Brigade initially but were then taken up state-wide. One such was the invention of a charging system in the station such that the batteries in the fire vehicles never run flat; also his ingenious array for charging batteries of the handheld radios. Such devices, now essential elements of state-wide RFS station equipment were John’s brain children.
As acknowledged, Hills and Hornsby residents are contributing to our fire safety in no small part by obeying current fire restrictions. However, all power tools should be used with extreme caution since many can produce sparks that cause fires. This recently burnt boat was destroyed while the resident was using an angle grinder on it.