On Saturday 26th May, we conducted our last hazard reduction of the season, between O’Hara’s Creek Road and Cranstons Road.
Nine other brigades assisted – Glenhaven, Glenorie, Sackville North, Wisemans‘s Ferry, Hillside, Annangrove, Round Corner, Kenthurst and North Rocks. The Hills Mobile Communications Unit, also staffed by volunteers, provided on the spot radio communications. Many thanks to all these volunteers, as well as our own, who gave up their day. Thanks as well to the Catering Brigade, all volunteers, who provided us with nutritious and well-balanced lunches. Firefighting can be exhausting, so we all value those little packs of lollies and chocolate snacks!
All affected residents had given permission beforehand for fuel loads to be reduced on their properties, and had been involved in deciding where containment lines should run. Without the cooperation of the residents, particularly in keeping gates open and agreeing access for our fire tankers on the day, our task would be a great deal tougher.
This multi-team approach to hazard reduction provides valuable training for future emergencies, building teamwork and providing insights into deployment and control of large numbers of firefighters. When the triple O call comes in for fires and road accidents, The Hills Fire Control will frequently call several brigades to ensure sufficient crew members, so seamless team work with our fellow volunteers is important.
Local residents are still trying to burn piles before winter. Remember to give your neighbours 24 hours warning, and inform the District Office (9654 1244). If you need help or advice, ring the Middle Dural Brigade Captain on 0408 220 705.