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Wandong Rural Fire Brigade

WANDONG RURAL FIRE BRIGADE


 

Rail Street, (P.O. Box 306) Wandong 3758 Phone: (03) 5787 1248

TRAINING - every Sunday from 9:30am and 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month from 7.00pm 

Captain:                                          Yorin Miller

1st Lieutenant:                                Liam Edwards

2nd Lieutenant:                               Terry Roberts

3rd Lieutenant:                                Heath McSolvin

4th Lieutenant:                                Natasha Lasota

President:                                        Brian Dove

Secretary:                                        Helen McMahon

Treasurer:                                        Michelle Kendrick

Communications Officer:                 Yvette Curlis

Community Safety Coordinator       Kylie Shingles

Health and Safety Officer                Craig Davis

Chairperson                                     Sandra O'Conner

Training

Training is held on the first and third Wednesday night of the month starting at 7pm. If you are interested in attending a training session to see if joining the Brigade is right for you, contact Lt Liam Edwards on 0424 896 824 or drop in to the station on a training night.

Fire Fighting Equipment Sales and Service

Wandong Fire Brigade is able to sell you firefighting equipment for your business, home or vehicle. We can provide you with many types and sizes of Fire extinguishers, Fire Blankets and Hose Reels. All profits generated go directly to Wandong Fire Brigade to help us maintain our equipment.

Contact Geoff McMahon on 5787 1248 for sales or service.

Community Recruitment

If you would like to join the Wandong Rural Fire Brigade please contact Terry Roberts (2nd Lieutenant) for more details or information wandongcfa@hotmail.com 

CFA Burn-Off Line 1800 668 511

Website: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/burning-off/

 

OCTOBER 2020 

WANDONG FIRE BRIGADE  

 

 

Pre-Season Preparation of Your Property

With the changing of the seasons, now is the time to begin preparing your property for the upcoming Summer fire season. Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world. Understanding your level of risk is the first step in knowing what to do before and during a fire.

Reducing the vegetation around your home is one of the most important things you can do to keep your home safe in a bushfire. The location, type and ongoing maintenance of vegetation within a property can significantly reduce the impact of a bushfire on any house. Landscaping for bushfire is much the same as any type of gardening. It involves planning, designing, planting and managing the area around your house. Design and plant selection for bushfire can help reduce the effects of direct flame contact and radiant heat on a house.

Anywhere embers can lodge or enter your house can start a fire. Cleaning your gutters and removing any flammable materials from around your house needs to be done before the fire season starts, and regularly maintained throughout Summer.

Burning Off is permitted in Mitchell Shire until the CFA declared fire danger period. From 1st October each year a Council permit is required to burn a windrow, stump, log or vegetation with a diameter greater than 75mm. Every burnoff should be logged by calling VicFire on 1800 668 511.

Wandong Fire Brigade training

While our local residents are preparing their properties, Wandong Fire Brigade is also preparing for the upcoming fire season. Although training has been restricted this year, we are now able to recommence training with protocols in place. Our initial training will concentrate on mandatory pre-season requirements of burn over and entrapment drills and hazardous tree awareness. With essential training resuming after that.

We are also hoping to shortly begin our new recruit training, with our very patient new members who have had to have training on hold.

Santa is Coming to Town

This is the time of year when we normally take bookings for Santa visits. At this stage, we are still unsure of how this will run this year. As soon as we have guidance on what will be allowed we will notify the community via our Facebook page ‘Wandong Fire Brigade’.

Training

When training resumes it will be held on Thursdays beginning at 12.30 and finishing around 3pm, prior to school pick up time. Night Training will be on Wednesday nights starting at 7pm at the fire station. For more information contact Lt James Stephens on 0418 221 458.

Fire Equipment Maintenance

Installing and Maintaining your Fire Suppression Equipment is required under the Building Code of Australia. Trained Wandong Fire Brigade members volunteer their time to provide this service to the Community and in turn raise funds for the Brigade to purchase equipment that protects the Community. All servicing carried out is compliant with the required Australian Standards. Our Forward Command Vehicle and FEM trailer have been provided through the work of these volunteers, and local individuals and businesses

utilising this important service.

If you are in need of Fire extinguishers, hose reels, fire blankets or ongoing maintenance of your equipment contact

Geoff McMahon on 5787 1248 to discuss

your needs.