Saturday, 21 April 2012

Congratulations due...

Much congrats go out to our new and just-qualified firefighters Meredith & Steve, snapped here on the way back from their BF assessment day up at Paterson.

Welcome to the Crew folks, great to have you on board :)

Friday, 13 April 2012

Training this weekend

Don't forget Brigade training is 1000 hrs @ Bucketty station this coming Sunday

Monday, 9 April 2012

Top job @ the Markets

Well done to all involved at the Wollombi Market BBQ today. A very hard working yet fun day was had by all and together we made it a great success. Nice job folks.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Rest day :)

Well, after a busy few days of burns and with a wildfire event thrown in there too (just to keep us on our toes), it's some well-earned down time for all the crews.
This was an excellent event, not only for the purposes of hazard reduction but also great training for incident control, crew resource management, safety,welfare, administration, comms and logistics.

On top of all that goodness, the middle of the day saw all units responded to a wildfire threatening a property some kilometres down the road from where we were working, started from a small private pile burn. Thankfully it was only a few k's down the road so we were able to get 5 units on scene swiftly and deal with the incident before any damage was done. A timely reminder that even though Fire Season is officially over, wildfire doesn't read the calendar!

So, big thanks to all the crews for their hard work both on the HRs and the wildfires - Laguna 7 Alpha, Laguna 7 Bravo, Wollombi 1 Bravo, Bucketty 1, Bucketty 9, Group 8 & Group 8 scribe and not to forget Support Charlie for most excellent lunch.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Gifts from the fire

A little something from Simpson Track HR

Another beautiful day on a burn..

Couple of pics from Mount Simpson HR

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Road 1 HR Complete

We finished off in good time this afternoon after a late night yesterday. A great job and tidy burn with all thanks to the hard working folks that came out; Bob, Pete, JohnM, Shane and Sarah on Wednesday and Bob and John again today and special thanks to Charles and Wollombi 1 Bravo for turning out and coming over to lend us a big hand today.
And now our work here is done; onto the next, weather permitting, tomorrow. Muster 0900 Bucketty station for crews.

Bucketty Rd 1 HR - Day 2

Didn't have time to send live updates today as we were flat out getting the burn in and finished in time for the Simpson Track HR tomorrow, so here's a belated pic from the fireground

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

HR Crews required

Weather permitting we'll be getting stuck in to some HR burns over the coming days commencing tomorrow - Wednesday - 1500 @ Bucketty station.
Please advise availability ASAP if you'd like to take part.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Monday morning call-out

Our crews with Bucketty #1 & Bucketty #9 were on scene with Police and Ambulance this morning at a single motorcycle MVA just North of Bucketty on Great North Road.
Thanks to all for the swift turn-out and the professional work and representation at the incident.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

End of Season on Fires

April 1st marks the end of Fire Season 11/12 and that means no fires may be hunted or trapped....oh sorry, confused.
Fire Permits are now no longer required and this remains until 31st August. Please be advised however that a Hazard Reduction Certificate may still be required for manual clearing and/or burning.
Hopefully today you also all put your clocks back and changed your smoke alarm batteries.