The statutory bush fire danger period concluded on the 31st March, and although conditions around Glenhaven have been favourable this season, the brigade has still been busy throughout the shire and state. We have had multiple members deployed to fires across NSW, along with our Cat 7 vehicle which spent a significant amount of time in the Narrabri area. Local calls have included fires, motor vehicle accidents, and trees down due to storms.
As well as our usual training at Glenhaven, we have attended several specialist training sessions across the shire involving grass fire fighting, leadership, communications, first aid, rural and off-road driving, booster pumps, mitigation and bush skills.
We celebrated International Women’s Day with a supper before our monthly meeting and enjoyed a social outing to Yum Cha.
Our digital upgrade to brigade infrastructure and systems has continued, and we are looking forward to further technological improvements in the coming months.
We also assisted a local property on Glenhaven Rd with a pile burn in late February. Pile burns can be a useful method, on appropriately zoned properties, for reducing bushfire fuels, encouraging bush regeneration, and in property maintenance.
Burning of vegetation can potentially be hazardous. Ultimately you are responsible for any fire you light and if it escapes you may be liable for the damage it causes. Before you start you should contact the brigade for approval and be confident that you can carry out the burn.
Glenhaven RFS are happy to be involved in pile burns on local properties. We use them as a training activity, live fire experience for our newer members, and as a community engagement and mitigation opportunity.
As you can see, there are many varied roles and activities happening within our brigade. If you are interested in volunteering with the RFS, please visit the RFS website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
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