While COVID has dominated much of what has been happening in the past months, this has also been true for the rural fire brigade. We have continued to provide the essential emergency response to incidents while practicing social distancing and cleaning of all equipment once we have finished.
In June, two courses have been successfully completed for our firefighters. The Crew Leader assessment consisted of a theory and practical assessment, which tested candidates thoroughly of their knowledge on bush fires, structure fires, and leading crews. The assessment was held in Arcadia, you may have seen some activity around the station and Calabash road. The district also completed the Bush Firefighter assessment for new firefighters. This course is the first qualification firefighters must complete when they join the organisation. Congratulations to Grant Paisley and Tahlia Powell. During these current challenges with COVID you continued be involved and your patience has not gone unnoticed, nor has your dedication to the rural fire brigade.
The official Bush Fire Danger Period is due to commence on the 1st October 2020, and whilst winter has been cool, the fire risk within our area does disappear. Now is the time to continue maintaining your properties and continue improving fire plans. There are a number of things you can do to prepare your property, this includes keeping grass low by mowing or slashing, moving flammable objects away from buildings, cleaning gutters, checking your hoses for leaks and replacing them. The rural fire brigade is a great resource for you to use, talk to us on how you can prepare your property and what the regulations are to ensure that you are supported in what it is you want to achieve.
During July we are very excited to have received a new vehicle a category 9 vehicle, which is a small and very versatile truck that will complement the existing vehicles and will provide much needed support for our community in the many varied incidents we attend and also provide additional access to properties and fire trails quickly.