Fire Brigade News – March. 2011

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT BY PURCHASING YOUR FOOD FROM OUR STALL WHILE ENJOYING THE BOOLARRA FOLK FESTIVAL

QUIET FIRE SEASON SO FAR

In the past few months we have only attended 6 grass and scrub fires, 2 MVA’s (Motor Vehicle Accidents), 2 structure fires – a shed in Boolarra and a house in Jumbuk and one false alarm. Members also attended the fires in Yarram and Nowa Nowa as members of local Strike Teams and several volunteered to assist with the Victorian flood recovery efforts but were not called.

BE CAREFULL WHEN FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED

Residence are warned to take extra care if they attempt to burn piles of garden waste, branches and logs when the fire restrictions are lifted this year. Although much of the country is green, there is much well cured flammable material that could easily ignite and spread if proper precautions are not taken. The amount of fuel in some areas around Boolarra – both in the bush and in uneaten paddocks is still very much a concern and could cure very quickly if we experience a few warmer days.

Historically the lifting of fire restrictions results in many call outs – so please take care!

FIRE FIGHTING TRAILER AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY USE

If you are planning to burn a pile of rubbish when the fire restrictions are lifted, why not borrow our specially equipped trailer as a precaution just in case your fire spreads unexpectedly. The trailer is equipped with a full 400 litre water tank, hoses with nozzles, a pump and numerous other fire fighting incidentals like rake hoes and a fire lighter to make things safer for you. A briefing session is conducted prior to the trailer being taken to ensure the borrower knows how to use it. Book the trailer through Roger at the Post Office.

Remember to report your burn off to VICFIRE on 1800 668 511 prior to lighting it. In this way the Boolarra Tanker will not be turned out by VICFIRE if someone else reports it on “000”.

SMALL EXTENSION PLANNED FOR THE FIRE STATION

A small extension is being planned for our fire station to house our four trailers – the four trailers carry our “Quick Fill Pump”, our “Community Fire Fighting Unit”, our “mobile BBQ” and our “portable cool room”.

SCRAP METAL BRINGS IN $9000.00

Our brigade is ecstatic that the sale of SCRAP METAL that the community has deposited in our Sims scrap metal bin, (situated in the enclosure behind our fire station), has now surpassed $9000.00. The money raised is being used to fund our station extension to house our trailers. Please keep depositing your unwanted scrap metal in the bin – ‘cos it sure beats selling barbecued snags!

REMEMBER TO REPLACE YOUR SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES

With the end of Daylight Saving soon approaching you are asked to ensure that you change the batteries in your smoke alarms. As the winter months are the most common time for house fires to occur, it is imperative that the batteries in your SMOKE ALARMS are replaced when we alter our clocks for Daylight Savings. As a community service, our CFA members will happily assist local residents who may have difficulty replacing their smoke alarm batteries. Please contact Roger at the Post Office 51 696 209 or Dave on 51 696 462 or 0428 696462, if you need assistance.

SPECIALISED TRAINING FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS

Recently two members successfully completed the B.A.- Search and Rescue course to bring to 10 the number of qualified members who can enter a burning house wearing Breathing Apparatus to rescue people and attack the fire. This course takes many weeks and participants have to undergo a gruelling assessment process at the CFA Training Complex at West Sale to qualify. Five of our members are also completing the Mobile Communications Van Managers’ Course that will enable them to operate the MCV anywhere in Victoria if it is called. In future weeks the MCV may be housed at our station so our members can familiarize themselves with it.

MEMBERS INSPECT THE ERICKSON AIR CRANE – “MARTY”

A large number of our members recently inspected “Marty” the Erickson Air Crane that has been based at the Latrobe Valley Airport for the fire season.

CFA members get up close to “Marty” the Erickson Air Crane

“Marty” is one of 6 hired for the fire season across Australia with 2 positioned in Victoria. The identical air cranes costing $25,000,000.00 each, carry 9000 litres of water at a time. Three pilots, from NZ, Canada and the US, share the piloting duties with two needed to fly “Marty” at any one time.

We all remember how valuable “Elsie” and her mate were in the Boolarra fires two years ago.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT BY PURCHASING YOUR FOOD FROM OUR STALL WHILE ENJOYING THE BOOLARRA FOLK FESTIVAL

HAVE YOU RECEIVED YOUR BOOLARRA AND YINNAR

 LOCAL EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN?

It is thought that all residents of Boolarra and district should have, by now, received their copy of our L.E.A.P. (Local Emergency Action Plan). 

IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOURS, COULD YOU PLEASE PICK ONE UP AT THE POST OFFICE, OR RING DAVE ON 0428 696 462 and one will be forwarded to you immediately.

CORRECTION TO LEAP
The telephone number for the Victorian Bushfire Information Line given on the GREEN panel which forms:
– Page 3 of the full LEAP plan, and
– the front page of the summary LEAP for wall mounting
MAY BE INCORRECT in the copy you have.
Unless a sticker with the correct number
(1800 240 667) has already been attached to your
copy, please correct BOTH of the green panels.