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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/

 

MARCH 2019                              

                                                                                                                                                                  

Wandong Fire Brigade has been busy assisting at a number of largeish fires this month including at Donnybrook, Wallan, Caveat and Tarcombe. The fire season is NOT yet over and it is important to remain aware of conditions and be prepared to enact your family fire plan if necessary. We are always grateful for the support from our community. You may have seen us on the long weekend at BP southbound rattling tins … so if we ran into you, thank you for your support!

Wandong Fire Brigade Trivia Night

You might like to save the date for our second ever Trivia night which will be held on Saturday 25th May at the LB Davern reserve hall. Tickets are $20 and it will be a guaranteed great night out. Check out our FB page for details as they come out. For tickets, contact Shane on 0430 003 941

Joy FM

Our Captain Yorin Miller was recently invited to speak on the GLLO Show on Joy 94.9 FM along with the Emergency Management Victoria Commissioner Andrew Crisp on the current fire season and diversity within the CFA. Wandong Fire Brigade prides themselves on welcoming members from all backgrounds and maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for all members and their families. This interview may be heard via the GLLO show website.

Wandong Fire Brigade will be recruiting new daytime firefighters!

Wandong Fire Brigade is a 100% volunteer brigade made up of people living in the Wandong / Heathcote Junction area. Recent Total Fire Ban days on weekdays have highlighted our need to increase our daytime firefighter numbers again. We are currently looking for new people who are available during weekday daytime hours to join the brigade and train as firefighters.

All training is provided, and is nationally accredited. There is no financial expense to volunteers, just your time and commitment. Uniforms are provided and it is a great way to meet new people and form friendships, develop new skills and have greater involvement in your local community.

Active members also have the opportunity to gain valuable transferable qualifications including first aid certificates and truck licenses. If you are interested in hearing more about becoming a firefighter with Wandong Fire Brigade please call Captain Yorin Miller 0418 568 598 or Lt Liam Edwards on 0424 896 824.

Total Fire Ban (TFB) days

There have been a number of Total Fire Ban (TFB) days already this season. On TFB days, No fire can be lit in the open air, or be allowed to remain alight between 00:01AM and 11.59PM. For further info search for ―CFA Can I or Can’t I?‖ on what is permitted regarding fire sources on TFB days and during the fire season.

Victoria has had over 2,500 grass and bush fires since December 1. Many have been controlled quite quickly, however we now have a number of larger going fires. These are requiring the moving of crews from other areas to help support local crews. This is the hottest start to Autumn in 30 years, following the hottest Summer on record.

Stay aware of your surroundings and if you’re travelling or in unfamiliar places, make sure you are aware of the local risk. Know how to stay informed and never rely on one source for emergency information. Look after yourself in the heat. Drink plenty of water and check in on others. Look after those most at risk in the heat – your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.

Fire Information in an Emergency During an emergency, Wandong Fire Brigade is not always able to update their facebook page immediately as our admin are all volunteer firefighters, and their priority is to attend to the incident. Updates will be made as soon as practicable.

Check out these sources for official information during a fire or other emergency.

CFA Facebook page (facebook.com/cfavic) CFA Twitter (twitter.com/CFA_Updates) ABC local radio, Sky News and other emergency broadcasters VicEmergency Incidents (http:// emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/) VicEmergency Hotline (1800 226 226)

Training

Training has resumed on Wednesday nights starting at 7pm at the fire station. Daytime training sessions will continue this year, with the day and time to be confirmed. For more information contact Lt Liam Edwards on 0424 896 824.