Recently our members assisted at a motor vehicle accident in Kenthurst. We have also responded to calls from automatic fire alarms.

On the 13th March we held a working bee to refresh the station and ensure it looks its best in our 70th year of serving the Glenhaven community. Trucks were cleaned, equipment tested and tidied up. Our meeting area was given a thorough clean, and the grounds around the station were given a spruce up. You may have noticed our freshly painted fence as you drive past.

Training continues, and over the past few weeks has included sessions on grass fires, communications, and village firefighting techniques. Hazard reduction burns will be starting soon across The Hills Shire, weather permitting.

A list of upcoming hazard reductions can be found at https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/hazard-reductions

If there is a hazard reduction burn planned for your area, take the following steps: • Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke entering homes

• Keep outdoor furniture under cover to prevent ember burns

• Retract pool covers to prevent ember damage

• Remove washing from clotheslines

• Ensure pets have a protected area

• Vehicles must slow down, keep windows up, turn headlights on

• Sightseers must keep away from burns for their own safety

• If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit the NSW Health website or the Asthma Foundation

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